News & Current Affairs
22 September 2014
by John Passant
Abbott unleashes terror against Muslims in Australia
Police close streets as anti-Mosque demonstrators attack pro-Mosque supporters
Well that didn’t take long did it? On Friday a week ago ASIO raised the terror threat level but had no specific intelligence. On Sunday Abbott announced we were going to deploy 600 troops to the Middle East to fight the ‘death cult’ Islamic State. Then, surprise surprise, on Thursday 870 police raided homes in Sydney and Brisbane, detained 15 people, charged one with conspiracy to commit a terrorist offence and what do you know? Since Friday reports of people abusing Muslims in the street have increased. Nto one police officer to protect them, let alone 870.
By the way, the one serious charge is based on a phone call from an Australian in Syria. If that is all there won’t be a conviction. There is no evidence released so far to justify the charge.
Three of those detained were or are (we don’t know) held incommunicado under terror laws that allow for detention without charge for up to 2 weeks. In other countries they call these people the disappeared.
Now the government has announced major changes to arrest laws to enable police to arrest and detain people without charge on suspicion of planning to commit a terrorist offence. In other countries they call them The Disappeared. According to 9 News the law changes will give ASIO a licence to kill suspects if their life or others is ‘threatened’.
The changes to the law will also give ASIO immunity from prosecution for torture, nothwithstanding the Attorney-General’s denials.
Abbot and co know exactly what they are doing. They are targeting Muslims. Don’t believe me? Here’s a sample of anti-Muslim sentiment in Australia right now.
The Sunshine Coast Daily reported on an anti-Mosque rally which clashed with supporters of the Mosque. The video in that report is revealing and revolting. Click on it and hold your nose against the racist stink.(photo above)
On the Gold Coast recently the council refused to approve the building of a Mosque. Hundreds turned up to show their opposition to the Mosque at the Council meeting.
Here is the handiwork some Australian(s) egged on by Abbott did.
Abbott’s racist legacy
There is more. Here are some front pages from the yellow press of both Murdoch and Fairfax.
The lies of the Press
So frightened are some in Australia’s Muslim community that a Facebook group dedicated to support for victims of hate crimes against Muslims was set up this week. Group members use the page to report instances of abuse and swap tips on how to stay safe. Posts like these feature on the page.
The posts show a pattern of abuse directed at Muslims for being Muslim.
The Courier-Mail in Queensland revealed on Sunday that ‘despite pleas for calm from the Queensland Premier and senior police, Muslims – particularly women – have been targeted in a series of hate attacks.’
The Northern Star reports:
A [Muslim] woman said she was terrified after she was spat on and called a terrorist at a Murwillumbah service station this week.
Tiger Airlines did its bit for Team Australia by removing a man doodling the word terrorism on his notepad from a flight.
So too did Customs. They did a ‘routine’ search of an Imam’s baggage a few days ago. Routine? It took over two hours and he missed his flight on the way to Mecca for the hajj with a group of pilgrims.
There is more. As Ben Hillier pointed out in Red Flag:
Mareeba mosque in Queensland had the word “Evil” graffitied over it. The Logan and Holland Park mosques were also targeted. Direct threats were issued against the grand mufti of Australia, Lakemba Mosque and Auburn Mosque, allegedly by anonymous members of the Australian Defence League. “Muslims”, their message read, “Australia will fight you ‘terror for terror’ ‘blood for blood’ ‘bomb for bomb’.”
Government Senator Cory Bernardi has called again for the burka to be banned and Palmer United Party Senator Jacqui Lambie has agreed with him. She has gone further, arguing that those who want sharia law should get out of Australia. When asked she couldn’t explain what sharia law was. Abbott has cried havoc and let slip the dogs of racism.
The Government is going to war against Islamic State and calling it a death cult for its barbaric acts, unlike Western capitalism and its long history of barbarism, including here in Australia against Aborigines. There will be no distinctions drawn between Islamic State and Muslims. At best there will be mealy mouthed apologies after the event, like those offered by Queensland Premier Campbell Newman in response to the anti-Mosque protests on the Sunshine Coast. Apparently we are all in this together, but only if Muslims join Team Australia. The point is that for racists and many nationalists being Muslim automatically excludes Muslims from the white, Anglo-Saxon Christian Team Australia.
This government is pushing racism and Islamophobia to win support for its war in Iraq and to detract attention from its rotten austerity Budget. A war footing and jingoism are the breeding grounds for the ruling class to push fear of the other. The Labor Party is rushing to support Abbott.
As the war deteriorates and the economy worsens the anti-Muslim dog whistles from our politicians will become claxon horns.
Opposing the war and fighting against the Budget are linked, and must join up with the fight to defend our Muslim bothers and sisters.