The Bendigo Three have appeared, for the second time, before the Melbourne Magistrates Court. Nationalist radicals and other supporters joined the defendants in the courtroom and at the subsequent social gathering afterwards.

The contest mention itself was unremarkable, the bulk of the time in the chamber was devoted to a back-and-forth discussion between the prosecutor and Magistrate Popovic regarding a date for the hearing itself, the earliest available time slot being September 4, 2017.

There was a depressingly ironic moment as, prior to the judge entering the court, breaking news of the Manchester Arena outrage was whispered among the Nationalists and Patriots seated in the public gallery. Given that we were there to support our respective comrades as they fight charges relating to political activism against militant Salafism and the doctrine of the Koran, the news was sadly poignant.

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Magistrate Jelena Popovic, firm but fair

 

With the formalities of the day over it was once again time to form up and allow the riot squad to escort us from the court building, in contrast to the March 6 hearing the small Anti-Racist protest outside on William St had broken up, leaving only a handful of Antifa militants on scene to jeer and harass the Bendigo Three and their supporters.

There was a minor fracas as we made our way to Healey’s lane for the post-hearing morning tea and impromptu press conference, most of the aggravation was the fault of the media pack, who had to be held back by Police.

In the end, apart from a few easily thwarted attempts by Antifa to mingle with the Patriots and the comical, mutually assured destruction tactic of taking each other’s photographs, the mood was upbeat and congenial.

There was a depressingly ironic moment as, prior to the judge entering the court, breaking news of the Manchester Arena outrage was whispered among the nationalists and patriots seated in the public gallery. Given that we were there to support our respective comrades as they fight charges relating to political activism against militant Salafism and the doctrine of the Koran, the news was sadly poignant.

The real struggle for the Bendigo Three begins on September 4 and, as always UNA radicals will be there, front and centre to support our friend and comrade, Chris Shortis.

The bigger issue arising from the day went largely unnoticed by us, due to the fact that the leftist party had decamped while we were still inside the court complex; it was only upon returning home and watching video footage shot by others that we picked up on the motif of the counter protest.

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Manchester’s fallen sons and daughters

As far as we can tell from the extensive, yet incomplete footage of the speeches the main gripe of these undergraduate socialists is that “far-right” activity somehow empowers capitalism and the oppression of not only marginalised groups but all citizens, by the state.

This is correct as insofar as there are many Hansonites, Liberal Party agents and conservatives operating under the broad Aussie Patriot banner; it is not true of all the factions represented among the Bendigo Three supporter group, most of them are good, honest people.

We cannot speak for others, but Australian Nationalism is not now, nor has it ever been an enabler or apologist of the worst kinds of crony capitalism, old-world privilege or the oppression of workers and marginalised people.

As far as we can tell from the extensive, yet incomplete footage of the speeches the main gripe of these undergraduate socialists is that “far-right” activity somehow empowers capitalism and the oppression of not only marginalised groups but all citizens, by the state.

The true situation is quite the opposite and we at UNA stand by our record of relentlessly criticising and exposing the very elements of the far-right which seem to so vex the Left; we go further in claiming that we, in fact, do much more to attack the state, expose the money power and harass the minions of Neo-Liberalism than any of the currently active leftists.

Nationalists would ask the Leftists to think the issue through more carefully, who are the groups coming under the most sustained and serious attack from these “far-right” groups and their sponsors?

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The “Bum’s Rush” being applied to an actual bum

Any Leftist with a sharp mind can see that it is the radical Left and radical Nationalists who are being hammered by the globalist-capitalists and their media because we, in our different ways, represent the greatest threats to the capitalist programme. Granted, due to the success of the march through the institutions the Left have a lot more to lose in material terms, it will come as a shock to many on that side to be cast back out into the wilderness, however, we predicted this over a year ago.

Leftists are being purged from the mainstream and will soon inhabit the same space, beyond the pale, as all other true radicals; the difference is that Nationalists have a head start and are becoming adept at the politics of the margins, it is our home turf.

If they do not immediately succumb to the shock of banishment and collapse altogether, the real Left will have to make a choice: tolerate other dissidents as we wage parallel struggles against the Centrist mainstream, or exhaust themselves fighting us on our own ground.

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