Hundreds of people demonstrated outside the Thornbury Theatre on June 4 to say “no” to Hindutva hatred and to oppose fascist Tejasvi Surya from speaking at a conference there. It was organised by Australian Alliance Against Hate.
Tejasvi is a key figure promoting an anti-woman and Islamophobic ideology, Hindutva, embraced by the right-wing ruling party Bharatiya Janata Party.
The Islamic Council of Victoria, several mosques and dozens of concerned secular and faith-based organisations joined the rally.
The protesters called for a boycott of the Thornbury Theatre for accommodating hate speech.
Very few people entered the venue upon hearing the chants of “Tejasvi go back”, “Tejasvi get lost”, “Tejasvi down, down” and “Ban Tejasvi, Ban RSS [Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, an Indian right-wing, Hindu nationalist, paramilitary organisation], Say no to hatred, Say no to Hindutva”.