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Racism rears its ugly head in Australian Midland

POLICE are investigating reports of a neo-Nazi group operating and seeking to recruit new members in Midland.

Police have referred to its Intelligence Services unit a number of reports about stickers posted around Midland and Glen Forrest asking residents to “support your local skinheads”.

The stickers show a swastika and a man clad in a balaclava with his arm in a Nazi salute, together with website details, an email address and contact mobile phone number.

Stickers at some locations in Midland have since been torn down, but two placed on a City of Swan car park sign on The Avenue remain in place.

Midland police declined to comment on the matter. Requests for more information from the Intelligence Services unit and Police Minister’s office were not answered.

The website printed on the stickers invite people to join a “Blood and Honour” forum for discussions on white power, skinheads and music groups that are planned for an Anzac Day concert in Perth.

Links to the Blood & Honour Forum, one of the most highly visited Nationalist forums on the internet, also offer a mobile phone number for people to contact for more information. Blood & Honour took its name from the motto of the Hitler Youth, Blut und Ehre, and a song of the same name by the white power band Skrewdriver.

Blood and Honour has been banned in three countries – Germany, Spain and Russia.

The group has operated in Australia since 1993 and is understood to be the first group franchise to be formed outside the UK.

Blood and Honour has previously organised concerts in Melbourne and Perth to commemorate the death of the man they viewed as their spiritual leader, Ian Stuart Donaldson.

Donaldson, an English neo-Nazi musician and frontman of Skrewdriver, died in a car crash in 1993.

The Perth Blood and Honour concert is understood to have been set for Anzac Day, Thursday April 25.

Sources said it was specifically scheduled as a mark of disrespect to soldiers who died in World War II fighting the neo-Nazi group’s hero Adolf Hitler.

The discovery of Blood and Honour operating in Perth comes amid allegations of a number of racially motivated assaults north of the city over the Australia Day weekend.

Lancelin Police Constable Linda Tucker said about 1am on January 27, a group of Burmese people were fishing off the Silver Creek Boat ramp, near Guilderton, when they were approached by four men allegedly hurling racial abuse.

Constable Tucker said one Burmese man was head-butted and another struck in the face.

In another incident on the same night, a group of about 20 teenagers, chanting racist slogans, allegedly stormed the Lancelin jetty and pushed a group of Vietnamese fishermen into the water.

“We had about 20 local Vietnamese fishing, pushed in the water by a bunch of drunk Australian teenagers who told them, ‘get out of Australia, it’s our country and go back to where you come from’,” Constable Tucker said.

“It's a shame people act so poorly on a day that is supposed to be Australian.”

Constable Tucker said Australia is multicultural and people need to realise that.

“We are a diversity of people from all over the world – that is what makes us unique.”

Investigations into the two assaults are in progress.

Credit: In My Community

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