Daniel Zammit

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Zammit is an anti Islam activist from Canberra. Daniel is the son of Joseph Zammit, a stay-at-home karaoke patriot who is associated with Daniel Evans and the Reclaim Australia movement. He also appears to be active in campaigning on behalf of the Christian far right party Rise Up Australia. If this guy wasn’t spending his spare time aiding and abetting fascists you would feel kinda sorry for the guy. Maybe you would even consider nominating his dad Joey for the worse father of the year award.

Jr campaigning for far right Rise Up Australia

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Daniel with Blair Cottrell

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Daniel with Shermon Burgess

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Mitchell Van Dam

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A far right activist from Belmont, Newcastle. Van Dam is a member of the Newcastle based group the Infidel Brotherhood. He has been active in promoting and helping to build the so called patriot movement in Newcastle. In May 2017 he attended a protest in Penrith against the development of an Islamic school.

(Van Dam with Toby Cook in Newtown)

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Van Dam appears to have made some new friends, and now regularly travels down to Sydney to attend far right rallies organized by Party for Freedom. He and several other members of the Infidel Brotherhood trained it from Newcastle to Sydney’s Newtown on June 1 2017 to attend a protest against Antifa violence, where he acted as a protector of Toby Cook.

(Van Dam with Squadron 88 in Lithgow)

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Van Dam now appears to be an active member of Party for Freedom, doing the groups bidding in the Newcastle region.

Report back from Straight Lives Matter protest 23/9/17

On a steaming hot Saturday, the side-show provocateur group staged a protest in the inner city suburb Darlinghurst, adding to their already long list of embarrassing and shameful publicity stunts. This weeks head-hanging escapade was to target Sydney’s LGBTQI+ community with a rally titled Straight Lives Matter, intended to offend and incite locals & the broader community. In the weeks leading up to the rally Folkes and his followers scurried around the Eastern Suburbs sticky taping queerphobic posters to poles in the hope they would gain more publicity. Unfortunately their material found itself in the wrong hands.

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On the actual event itself, the day proved to be long and hot. Upon arrival, people who were suspected of attending our counter demonstration were interrogated by NSW Public Order and Riot Squad. Observers and others just passing by were harassed and even roughed up by aggressive coppers who couldn’t be fucked doing their job on the day. Over ten unprovoked move-along orders were issued to people coming into the rally and police refused re-entry to people who left our rally for toilet and water breaks. The whole rally, which proved uneventful, further highlights the ridiculous lengths NSW police will go to stifle dissent, especially against far right groups such as Party for Freedom. Police were so brazen as to illegally film and profile people attending our rally, taunt people and allow fascist photographers free movement to profile and film people from within the counter protest. Wow, it took you 100 cops to do that?

Police openly display their bias

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All in all, the rally, like all PfF rallies, can be accurately summarised in one word. Waste. A waste of time, a waste of money, a waste of resources, a waste of energy, and in the case of the vast majority of their attendees, a waste of oxygen. Most importantly in their case a wasted opportunity to capitalise on the growing international far right sentiment. At least we can be grateful to Nick about something.

Those who gathered (and were allowed in) on our side numbered roughly between 50-100 throughout the day. Many of the local community who came throughout the two hours went to other larger pro SSM events taking place throughout the city. For Nick, numbers were low, however this is a reality he is used to. PfF’s cluster numbered less than 20; as they crammed around a poorly assembled and equally unnecessary stage to hear essentially everyone at their rally stand up and speak. Their speeches were drowned out by our protest, queer as fuck tunes and air horns, helping the pencil-necked flogs to stutter and stumble to the backdrop of our noise. Notably absent were the Nazi boneheads of Squadron 88 who most likely took the day off to avoid getting smashed by the local community.

 

Attendees:

Nick Folkes                                  John Bolton                           George Jameson

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Geoff Prior                                 Kat Klayton                           Toby Cook

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Penny Louise                              Damien Ferri                      Sukith Fernando

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Pastor Keith Piper                       James Sternhill                          Greg Burt

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Silvia Adam                            Timothy Kwoh                            Paul Exley

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Cecil Price

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All in all we consider the event a success, deterring people to attend their event, strengthening ties to the queer community, outnumbering them 2 to 10 and drowning out their event. Dealing with the thuggery and bias of the NSW police force is always tough, but it comes with the gig. No thanks to them, Fascists were not allowed near the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Holocaust Memorial, their intended target of homophobic hate. Rather they were sent with their tails between their legs, cowering behind a large mobilisation of riot police. Better luck next time chums.

Shout out to Astro Labe!

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Damien Ferri

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A far right politician from Wollongong. Ferri identifies as a conservative, being a devout fan boy of Cory Bernardi. Ferri stood as an independent in 2011 for Ward 2 Wollongong council. He also claims to have worked for several right wing political parties including Family First and Katter’s Australia Party.

Ferri is a leading figure within the small United Conservatives Party, a small ultra conservative group that emphasises family values, forceful cultural assimilation and tax cuts for the rich. Ferri is the National Vice President of the party’s youth wing, the Young Conservatives.

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Since the election of Donald Trump, right wing activists have felt emboldened to venture out from behind their computer screens and into the public fold. Ferri is one of these. In late 2016 he launched an alt right blog The Unshackled, which has modelled itself on channels such as the Canadian Rebel Media.

Despite labelling himself as a “conservative” Ferri keeps some pretty nefarious company. His channel TU has given its invisible platform to Australia’s anti Islam and anti immigration “patriot” movement. Ferri is close friends with Canberra Reclaim Australia activist Dan Evans, interviewing him on his video blog.

(Ferri inciting violence online)

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Damien Ferri is an oddball at best. Since the foundation of The Unshackled, Ferri has worked to develop a close working relationship with white nationalist group Party for Freedom. He attended the pro Trump inauguration rally in Sydney on January 21 2017 to cover the non-event. After their little assembly he wandered further down Martin Place and into the Anti Trump Women’s March where he proceeded to film two topless protestors. The shocked expression on the boys face was priceless, seemingly it was the first time he had seen a pair other than his mothers.

Ferri has continued to haunt Party for Freedom events in Sydney. A week following the pro Trump rally in January 2017, he showed up to the Reclaim Australia rally. Months later he accompanied PfF to protest outside Malcom Turnbull’s house in Sydney’s ritzy Eastern Suburbs. On his train back to Wollongong all he could talk about was how “shocked” he was to see a rainbow flag at the PMs abode. Just come out already mate.

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Sukith Fernando

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A right wing amateur ejournalist. Fernando is a prominent contributor to the alt right blog The Unshackled, submitting articles, podcasts and videos for their website. His content is usually targeted at feminists, LGBTQI+ advocates and anti racist activists, which he identifies as part of “the regressive left”. In one bizarre  video, Fernando claims gender-neutral toys are “an attack on the natural order and a cultural Marxist plot”. He is also a contributor to the crypto-fascist publication The Spectator.

Fernando, who also turns out to be a Liberal Party supporter/ member, attended the Reclaim Australia rally that took place in Martin Place, Sydney on 29 January 2017. Fernando was with fellow contributor to the aspiring alt right website The Unshackled Damien Ferri, playing a founding role in the website and serving as its co-editor in chief.

(Fernando, Tim Wilms & Malcolm Roberts at the Friedman Conference)

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(Fernando at anti Mosque rally in Penrith)

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Has attended several far right anti immigration rallies, notably the Reclaim Australia rally in Sydney, a pro Trump rally, and the Party for Freedom rally in Penrith. Fernando and his mates, like many in the alt right, are using libertarian politics as a smoke screen to promote neo fascist politics. Fernando took part in the University of Sydney’s student elections under the SRC ticket Vanguard, a small faction of alt righters and fashy young Liberals, contesting the election which took place in late September.

(Fernando & Vanguard confronted on USYD campus)

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Whilst on campus campaigning, Fernando was confronted by a group of queer and Jewish students for his comments related to denying the Holocaust. Through his association with fellow fascist’s online, Fernando goes further to say “Hitler did nothing wrong”. A nervous and triggered Fernando appeared to crack under pressure once confronted. Lacking the courage of his convictions, he immediately back peddled once he realised that his edgy online posturing can be confronted in the real world outside his 4chan safe space.

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Tim Wilms

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A right wing politician and activist from Frankston, Victoria. Wilms is a devout market libertarian who advocates for a small-government with limited regulation and taxes,  Yay! Wilms was a former candidate for the right wing libertarian Liberal Democrats Party, running in the 2016 election for the seat of Dunkley, under the generic slogan the “nanny state”.

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Wilms has reinvented himself as an aspiring alt right video personality, capitalising upon Trump’s election as a means of gaining relevance. He writes articles on behalf of Liberty Works, a small online libertarian satellite group for the LDP. He also is a prominent contributor to the alt right blog The Unshackled.

(Wilms with Dan Evans)

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(Wilms with Kane Miller)

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