On Saturday 12 January 2019 over 1000 anti-racists marched through the streets of Melbourne to show that we are stronger and larger than the Neo-Nazis who held a rally the previous weekend on St Kilda beach.
The counter rally was organised by the Campaign Against Racism and Fascism at very short notice, but it was significant and a powerful response to the fascists.
It was also important to counter-act the dangerously conservative and passive idea that we should just ignore the Nazis and they will go away because their views are abhorrent to mainstream Australia.
The latter might be true, but the way that fascists become normalised and their vews become mainstream is by having the streets to themselves. We will not allow that to happen and here’s why.