Daniel Andrews says Nazis ‘aren’t welcome’ as Victorian authorities considers ‘additional motion’ following salutes | Victoria

Trans rights supporters during a rally on Saturday outside the Victorian parliament.

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has mentioned the human rights of trans individuals are “not negotiable” and that “Nazis aren’t welcome” after a bunch carried out the Nazi salute on the steps of the state’s parliament on Saturday.

Anti-transgender activists clashed with pro-transgender rights activists outdoors state parliament on Saturday after an occasion held by controversial UK gender activist Kellie-Jay Eager. A gaggle of males from the Nationalist Socialist Motion marched alongside Spring Avenue, repeatedly performing the Nazi salute.

Victoria police mentioned they made three arrests over the protests, which it mentioned concerned not less than six teams. A 22-year-old man was arrested for allegedly placing a feminine officer in a headlock, and a 23-year-old girl was arrested for allegedly slapping a police officer on the neck. Neither police officer was injured.

The third individual was arrested for illegal assault. Police mentioned they may assessment CCTV, body-worn digital camera and social media footage to find out if additional offences occurred.

On Sunday, Andrews mentioned anti-transgender activists “gathered to unfold hate”.

“I want it didn’t need to be mentioned, however clearly it does: Nazis aren’t welcome. Not on parliament’s steps. Not wherever,” he mentioned on Twitter. “They have been there to say the trans neighborhood don’t deserve rights, security or dignity … their evil ideology is to scapegoat minorities – and it’s obtained no place right here.”

Deputy premier Jacinta Allan on Sunday mentioned the federal government would contemplate “additional motion” to handle the behaviour of protesters who carried out Nazi salutes.

“Victorians, clearly, have demonstrated that they don’t have any tolerance for this kind of behaviour. The federal government has completely no tolerance for this kind of behaviour,” she mentioned.

Police mentioned a few of the teams failed to interact with police within the lead-up to the protest, or altered their plans with out discover, ensuing within the “potential for a number of clashes between the opposing teams”.

“Consequently, officers have been required to kind many traces between the totally different teams to guard the security of all concerned, cease breaches of the peace and stop any bodily violence,” police mentioned within the assertion.

The conflict occurred in response to the Let Girls Converse occasion held within the metropolis on Saturday, led by Eager, who’s touring Australia.

Eager’s occasions in Sydney and Adelaide this week have been met with clashes between anti- and pro-trans rights activists. Eager is because of journey to Hobart on Tuesday and Canberra on Thursday earlier than heading to New Zealand.

Trans rights supporters during a rally on Saturday outside the Victorian parliament.
Trans rights supporters throughout a rally on Saturday outdoors the Victorian parliament. {Photograph}: AAP

In January, federal Queensland Greens MP Stephen Bates wrote to Australia’s immigration minister asking him to revoke Eager’s visa, arguing she posed a “vital threat” to members of the transgender and gender-diverse neighborhood.

Federal Labor MP Josh Burns on Saturday known as for “more durable legal guidelines” to be thought-about, saying the “brazen marching with neo-Nazi salutes in entrance of the Victorian parliament is unacceptable”.

Victorian’s multicultural affairs minister Colin Brooks mentioned on Sunday the state wanted a “broader suite of laws” that handled the motivations behind actions. He mentioned police have been in a “troublesome state of affairs” as a result of coping with “counter protests going down”.

Final yr, Victoria grew to become the primary Australian jurisdiction to ban the general public show of the Nazi swastika.

Queensland final week vowed to make it unlawful to show Nazi swastika tattoos as a part of its ban on hate symbols that it says might be among the many strongest within the nation.

With AAP