Australia’s New South Wales state premier condemns neo-Nazi rally

SYDNEY: The premier of Australia’s New South Wales state condemned on Sunday (Jan 28) a neo-Nazi rally in the state capital Sydney as “appalling”, a day after Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said neo-Nazism was on the rise in the country.

Police on Sunday said around 30 men gathered at a park in the city’s north and were issued with orders preventing them from entering other areas of Sydney, before they dispersed, with no arrests made.

“Police are meeting these obnoxious and appalling racists head-on in New South Wales streets,” Premier Chris Minns told reporters in Sydney, describing the event as a “neo-Nazi demonstration”.

The far-right event comes a day after Albanese condemned domestic neo-Nazi activity following the arrests of six members of a black-clad group in Sydney on Friday, the country’s national day, amid rallies in support of its Indigenous people.

The prime minister said Australia had seen a rise in neo-Nazism, which was condemned “by all decent people”.

This month, new laws banning the Nazi salute and display or sale of symbols associated with terror groups came into effect in Australia in response to more antisemitic incidents following the Israel-Gaza war.

At the time, the centre-left Labor government said the laws sent a clear message there was no place in Australia for those who glorify the Holocaust or terrorist acts.

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