On Saturday in Melbourne a motley mob of protestors gathered in the streets to protest Victoria’s new pandemic laws. In a chilling performance of intimidation, protestors carried a mock gallows through Melbourne streets complete with three nooses, while calling for the death by hanging of Victorian Premier, Dan Andrews.
The mob was compromised of anti vaxxers, QAnon believers, neo Nazis, Trump supporters, and religious zealots. What unites this disparate group is a common desire to live free of all government intervention.
Co-incidentally (or not) over the same few days Prime Minister Scott Morrison, in a striking performance (even for him) of dog whistling consistently referred to Australians being sick of governments seeking to control them particularly after the last couple of years of lockdowns. His message was designed to feed the protestors’ grievances, and let them know they have his support.
Morrison has a history of decades long and intimate connection with leading Australian QAnon supporters, Tim Stewart and his wife Lynelle. The Stewarts stayed at Kirribilli House, and Mrs Stewart was employed there as a companion for Morrison’s wife, Jenny. This arrangement has now ceased, after considerable public scrutiny.
When the leader of your country harbours right wing extremists in his home, it is hardly surprising that you see gallows and nooses in your streets.
Image 1: Washington DC, USA. January 6th 2021.
Image 2: Melbourne, Australia. Today.
If you’re not gravely concerned by this then you’re part of the problem.
— Gladys Berejicklian 💙 (@GladysBParody) November 13, 2021
Death threats were also made against three Victorian cross benchers who are working with Labor to streamline the proposed laws.
There has been a deafening silence from almost all politicians and media across the board on this weaponisation of menace, marking yet another dark turn in Australian politics. We now live in a country where the political class conspicuously do not condemn death threats against politicians. It appears that both major parties are dependent on right wing extremists for votes, and neither party is willing to risk alienating them by condemning their behaviour.
David Davis – who is seeking to become the state member for the electorate of Kew – addressing the shameful rally in Melbourne, including people who wish to harm current mps that he works alongside.
Where is @MatthewGuyMP – Davis’ leader? https://t.co/T6H58ZlpOl
— JAH (@DrJulieAH) November 14, 2021
That nobody condemns this behaviour indicates that the extremists, in and outside of federal parliament, are currently in control of the narrative. When you dare not condemn death threats and imagery because they originate from your voter base, you are compromised probably beyond redemption, and you are not in control.
Yesterdays’s calls to ‘sack, jail, and hang’ Dan Andrews and the parading of mock gallows are proof that the far-right has succeeded in pushing violence as a political solution through online chats, across a movement whose weak leadership refuses to confront them. pic.twitter.com/qEwMV8FaKG
— WhiteRoseSocietyAU (@WhiteRoseSocAU) November 14, 2021
Please take a moment to consider that death threats and nooses in the street are apparently so unremarkable in Australia that mainstream media and politicians, including the ALP, see no need to condemn them.
Consider as well what would ensue if anyone other than white men and their white consorts carried a gallows through Melbourne streets calling for the death by hanging of politicians.
The protests continue. On Monday night, a more substantial gallows appeared in the city, this time towed by a four-wheel drive. An effigy of Daniel Andrews was produced, and protestors attempted to hang it from the gallows noose, as they screamed “Kill Dan Andrews!” “Hang Dan Andrews” and “Freedom.”
— 🍓 DiscoDan 🍓 (@DiscoDan99) November 15, 2021
Those of us who are both horrified and frightened by this appalling downturn are trying desperately to retain some semblance of decency and trust in our politics. We are doing this with no support and assistance from our politicians and our media. That these scenes go unremarked by both should alarm everyone. It’s almost as if this political violence and incitement has become normalised in Australia without us even noticing, and here we are.
It is shocking but sadly not surprising that Scott Morrison apparently supports death threats against a Labor Premier. The standard you walk past. But what is most profoundly shocking is that there has been no condemnation from the ALP of these threats against one of their own.
So can we assume if someone drives a mock gallows with an effigy of Morrison hanging from a noose through the streets of Canberra, there will be no repercussions? Or perhaps Peter Dutton? Anyone can do now this with impunity, we assume? Any group can gather around Parliament House shouting “Kill Scott Morrison, hang Peter Dutton” and there will be no repercussions?
Because this is where we are at now in Australia. Because these are our values.
And the fish rots from the head.
Note: Late this morning after 3 days of intense social media pressure, commentary by the msm and some politicians has started to appear.
This article was originally published on No Place For Sheep.
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