People Are Calling For Conservatives To Denounce Reclaim Australia Following Anti-Terror Raids
When will conservatives condemn these radical extremists?
Anti-immigration group Reclaim Australia appears to have graduated from racist toolbag status to legitimate national security threat, with Victoria’s Joint Counter-Terrorism Team laying charges against a man with apparent ties to the organistation.
31-year-old Phillip Galea was arrested in anti-terror raids in western Melbourne yesterday afternoon, and charged with one count of collecting or making documents likely to facilitate a terrorist act and one count of acts done in preparation for, or planning, a terrorist act, according to a statement by Victoria Police.
“I’m very pleased to say I think we’ve interrupted something that could have been quite serious in terms of harm to our community,” Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Ross Guenther told The Age.
Guenther would not confirm whether the Galea was a member of Reclaim Australia, saying only that “the person in custody has a number of different affiliations to organisations.”
Appearing before a magistrate on Sunday morning, Galea said that he planned to fight the charges, which he described as “part of a conspiracy against the patriot movement.” He was refused bail.
Meanwhile, people have taken to social media calling for conservatives to condemn the actions of a radical extremist in their midst. Sound familiar?
A member of Reclaim Australia has been arrested on Terror charges.
When will the moderate members of Reclaim Australia condemn these acts?
— Drew Bowie (@Drew_Bowie) August 6, 2016
Now is the time for all decent, red-necked bigots to renounce Reclaim Australia! #auspol
— Bubbyboo (@Bubbbyboo) August 7, 2016
In particular, people have targeted conservative politicians such as Queensland Coalition MP and sock puppet George Christensen, and Queensland Senator and halal snack pack fan Pauline Hanson, both of whom have previously thrown their support behind the – ahem – alleged terror organisation, and are notorious for their anti-Muslim rhetoric. Incidentally, Christensen also the guy who said Safe Schools was akin to grooming for paedophiles. Real fun guy.
— Shakira Hussein (@shakirahussein) August 6, 2016
— mark batch (@dexcat63) August 6, 2016
— John Wren (@JohnWren1950) August 7, 2016
Christensen and Hanson have both remained conspicuously silent on these new developments. Which really makes you wonder…what exactly have they got to hide?
Meanwhile, stand-up comic Aamer Rahman took to the web to express his support for the Caucasian Australian community. In a lengthy post on Facebook, Rahman said that “the terrorists in Reclaim Australia do not represent real white people and their beliefs” and reminded everyone that “we should not judge a whole community by the actions of a few.”
His suggestion of “short term emergency measures like increased surveillance and policing of Whites,” may raise a few eyebrows though. But as he points out, “innocent Whites should have nothing to fear if they have done nothing wrong.”