Birmingham Hotel endorses Nazism, denies despite footage (??)

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Sep 28 2006 08:30
Birmingham Hotel endorses Nazism, denies despite footage (??)

BIRMINGHAM HOTEL PUTS COMMUNITY IN DANGER BY HOSTING WHITE SUPREMACISTS

Thursday, 28 September 2006

Australasian anti-fascist campaigners Fight Dem Back! [1] say the Birmingham Hotel (Smith St, Fitzroy) has endangered the local community by hosting a large Nazi skinhead gig.

On Saturday the 23rd September, neo-Nazis from around Australia and the world came to Melbourne for the annual Ian Stuart Donaldson memorial gig. Ian Stuart, who died in a car crash in 1993, was the lead singer for Nazi band Skrewdriver [2].

The gig was held by the local branch of Blood & Honour - a global neo-Nazi network banned in Germany and considered a terrorist organisation by British and Belgian authorities - and the Southern Cross Hammerskins (SCHS), the local branch of another international Nazi-skin network. These two groups are responsible for numerous murders, bombings, arsons and assaults around the world.

Fight Dem Back! discovered that the gig would be held at the Birmingham Hotel after an infiltrator expressed an interest in attending. To their surprise, they were informed that the concert would be held in Fitzroy, and not at the JAM TIN in Cheltenham - a venue which Blood & Honour had used in the past.

Although the manager of the Birmingham has denied hosting the event, all three bands listed on the poster for the concert played at the Birmingham that night and approximately 50 members of Blood & Honour and SCHS were present.

Fight Dem Back!’s Australian spokesperson, Cam Smith, says the matter must be taken seriously by the wider community and the authorities.

“These are violent thugs who believe they not only have a right, but a duty, to harrass, intimidate and assault those who do not fit their bigoted ideal. If you are not white, not heterosexual, and if your politics are anywhere to the left of Adolf Hitler then you’re fair game as far as they’re concerned. The community needs to let the Birmingham know that they’re not happy with this element being brought into Fitzroy. This is a multicultural area and houses many vulnerable citizens - easy targets for neo-Nazis”

“We are sending a powerful message to the Birmingham Hotel to stop providing a venue for these people to spread their vile message. These are dangerous fanatics - we don’t want what is happening in Europe to happen here,” he continued, referring to the uncovering of a Blood & Honour plot to destablilise Belgian democracy by way of mass murder earlier this month. [3]

“As far as we are concerned, these scumbags are the real threat to Australian values.”

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Fight Dem Back! Australian spokesperson

NOTES

[1] Fight Dem Back, founded in 2004, is an Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand wide network of anti-fascist activists. Their website can be found at http://www.fightdemback.org

[2] Skrewdiver were a pioneer of the “white power” music scene. More information about them can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skrewdriver

[3] For more, see articles in the International Herald Tribune (http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/09/08/news/neo.php) and BBC News (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/5325198.stm)

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Oct 5 2006 08:34

hey aketus, just one small thing:

aketus wrote:
The gig was held by the local branch of Blood & Honour - a global neo-Nazi network banned in Germany and considered a terrorist organisation by British ... authorities

I'm not sure this is accurate...

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Oct 6 2006 22:56

Hi John, I think perhaps the author means to refer to the Combat 18 wing of B&H, who organise as a much more paramilitary-type... so I agree with you

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Oct 7 2006 02:27

Hey Aketus. That's scary. What's the situation with nazi groups down that way, are they on the rise?

Up here its not so much a problem. There was a Nazi gang in my neigbourhood years ago but very small. In those days they got absolutely hammered by Filipino gangs. tongue I'd be interested to see how they fare against all the islanders living up here now.

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Oct 19 2006 10:27

Nah they're not really on the rise, they just have these events annually. There's a few freaks around but very isolated. Of course, there's the Australia First Party, which are a couple old nazis from the 70s with various criminal records who feel they've stumbled across something new with the 'we're not nazis, we're just patriots' thing that's been around for a couple of eons or so.

In NZ I believe it's much the same except more openly nazis (maybe?), also being a smaller country, they are concentrated more and so there's a little nazi militia or somesuch called the NZ National Front that sit up in the hills getting fat and in the press.

At the moment we're very interested in putting the Birmingham out of business from their hosting of the nazi gig last month, more details on that to follow. Apologies for the very late response.

Check out fightdemback.com if you're interested in reading up on some history of Australia/NZ's neo-nutters..

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Oct 19 2006 11:20
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“As far as we are concerned, these scumbags are the real threat to Australian values.”

If only.

Fucking bourgeois anti-fascists are just as bad the Nazis.

Pete

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Oct 20 2006 00:16

Pete, are you specifically referring to Cam Smith or all involved in Fight Dem Back? It reads like you could be dismissing all those involved in Fight Dem Back as bourgeois & just as bad as the Nazis.

Even then, most people who haven't got a clue what anti-anti-fascism is won't think much of your comments. Perhaps you could explain them or provide a link or something.

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Oct 20 2006 00:48
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ignore pete he just gets an erection spouting off pseudo ultra leftism, ironically his ultra leftist critique doesn't extend to spectacular summit protests.

Cor blimey you can be a cheeky bugger at times. Wot a wind up. Dangling the bait out for a chomp yet again.

I don't think Pete is a pseudo ultra leftist, and he is pretty critical of spectacular summit protests, but i agree with you saying that antifascists are jjust as bad as the Nazis is a bit over the top (i don't see no need to say it's "fucking dim" though).

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Oct 20 2006 03:27

That crap about Australian values really pissed me off - especially when it looks like the Liberal Party is going to make the affirmation of Aussie values (ie anti-Muslim racism) a major plank in its campaign for next years elections.

Saying bourgeois anti-fascists are as bad as the Nazis was OTT but the way anarchists so easily get herded into liberal campaigns as soon as a few Nazis pop up is pathetic.

Pete

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Oct 20 2006 03:31

Skraeling, my cyber-stalker is referring to the fact that I went to the Forbes protest in Sydney last year, which is clearly relevant to everything I say on here. Funny that someone who's so against the ultra-left gets to decide who's a real ultra-leftist.

Pete

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Oct 20 2006 08:19

Hey guys I get the point about anti-fascism as primarily piss poor politics per se. But for me as a late teen there was a neo-nazi skinhead gang in my neighbourhood so I still get this visceral type reaction in my adrenal system when I here the words.

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Oct 20 2006 09:45
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Hey guys I get the point about anti-fascism as primarily piss poor politics per se. But for me as a late teen there was a neo-nazi skinhead gang in my neighbourhood so I still get this visceral type reaction in my adrenal system when I here the words.

Jase, I have no problem with people going the knuckle with the fash, but FDB can stick their defence of Orstrayan values up their social democratic arses.

Pete

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Oct 20 2006 09:45

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Oct 21 2006 02:26

On a related note, I just put a report from an antifa demo in Aotearoa today in the anti-fascism category. click here to read it.

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Nov 9 2006 05:27

Hola,

1) FDB! involves individuals from a variety of political perspectives.

2) "Australian values" are indeed a crock (as is 'Belgian democracy'.)

3) Nevertheless, Cam's invocation of such values is, I think, more concerned with interrogating why B&H wrap themselves in the Australian flag as well as the swastika than it is a straightforward defence of Australian social democracy. Thus, a more charitable interpretation might be 'those blokes are full of shit'.

4) More generally, 'Australian values' is invoked not only by the Tories, but the Nationals, the ALP, the Democrats and The Greens: in other words, all major and most (if not all) minor Australian political parties.

5) I haven't been herded anywhere; the reasons for my involvement in FDB! are 'personal' as well as 'political'; what I do is both public and private.

6) I'm aware of something called 'anti-anti-fascism', but anti-anti-fascists, unfortunately, haven't been around when the groups I've been involved in and the local @s I know have been physically attacked. Nor do I expect such ideas to float down from Working Class Heaven to intercede on my behalf in future.

Cheers,

@ndy.