Police Form Human Wall Between Far-Right Rally and Counter Protests in St Kilda

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Published on January 5, 2019 - Duration: 00:44s

Police Form Human Wall Between Far-Right Rally and Counter Protests in St Kilda

Victoria Police formed a human wall to prevent a clash between a far-right group and anti-racism activists during rallies held on the St Kilda beach foreshore in Victoria, on January 5.Leader of the far-right United Patriots Front (UPF) group Blair Cottrell led a protest on youth crime and alleged African gang activity in Victoria.

The protest was met with a counter-rally held in support of Melbourne’s African community.In video shared by Twitter user Cade Lucas, the two opposing protest groups can be heard shouting chants at each other from either side of the police blockades.The anti-racism group can be heard chanting, “Africans are welcome, racists are not” while the right-wing protesters yell, “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi”.The protest was organised by Cotrell and fellow far-right activist Neil Erikson, who was involved in a violent scuffle with a group of young black men at St Kilda in December.

One person was arrested in the incident after Erikson refused to stop filming the group playing soccer.

Erikson, who was convicted in 2017 of inciting contempt against Muslims, claimed the men were involved with the alleged gang APEX.

Credit: Cade Lucas via Storyful

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