Hobart anti-racists overwhelm United Patriots Front rally

July 18, 2015

A United Patriots Front (UPF) rally of about 20 people was met by 200 Say No to Racism protesters and about 25 police in Hobart on July 19.

The UPF rally moved from Franklin Square, through the Elizabeth Street Mall to the ABC building and concluded at the Domain Rose Gardens.

Say No to Racism protesters included Greens, Socialist Alliance, anarchists, local musicians, and people who had "never been to a rally before".

Say No to Racism protesters disrupted the UPF rally at each stopping point and as they marched on the street.

The UPF supporters sang Waltzing Matilda and the national anthem as they marched. But when they reached Hobart Fountain, anti-racist protesters were waiting, singing the theme song from television show Neighbours.

The racists stopped outside the ABC building, where they accused the ABC of "left-wing treason". "Stop appeasing the left," the UPF organiser said, "and get some balance in your programs. You are too far left."

The UPF had originally expected 200 people to attend the rally, but only one-tenth of that number turned up.

"It's not the size of the group, it's who's got the truth," the organiser said, defending his tiny rally. Fortunately most people can see through his lies and only 20 people in Hobart think racism and fascism is the truth.

Photo: Linda Seaborn.

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