About 300 people from the neo-Nazi United Patriots Front (UPF) marched in Bendigo on February 27 to launch their new political party, Fortitude. It was the final leg of the UPF's tour of the east coast, following gatherings of less than 50 people in Orange and Toowoomba.
It was met by about 100 anti-racist protestors organised by the Bendigo Action Collective, who held a “March Against Fascism and Bigotry”.
Hundreds of police separated the two groups. The UPF crowd was well down on its October 10 march, which attracted about 1000 people as part of a campaign against the building of a mosque. The main campaigner against the mosque has since joined One Nation.