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Melbourne neo-Nazi group at Youth Fest Moonee Ponds Queen’s Park: Dominic Perrottet wants ban

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A group of neo-Nazis disturbed families at a youth festival in Melbourne by holding racist signs and giving the Nazi salute.

About a dozen men attended the Youth Party at Moonee Ponds in the city’s northwest with anti-Semitic signs reading “Demon Flesh” and “Drag Pedos Groom Kids.”

The so-called “protest” took place during a drag performance in Queen’s Park, with one of the performers posting about the horrific scenes on Facebook.

“We had a fantastic time at the Youth Party today, until neo-Nazis showed up to protest against me,” the performer said.

“They had a great time yelling ‘are here Jews’, giving the good old Nazi salute and yelling at me for being ‘demon meat’. Help with reporting them would be greatly appreciated.’

It comes as NSW Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet called for the Nazi salute to be banned in his state after ugly scenes at a recent football match in Sydney, where fans gave Nazi salutes and booed during the Indigenous welcome to the country.

A group of neo-Nazis disturbed families at a youth festival in Melbourne on Friday morning by holding insulting signs and giving the Nazi salute

Police confirmed they were present at the neo-Nazi protest - which was held at the festival to mark the end of the school holidays

Police confirmed they were present at the neo-Nazi protest – which was held at the festival to mark the end of the school holidays

Rose Iser, a Moonee Valley councilman, praised the work of the local police who have prevented the situation from progressing.

“Unfortunately, the inclusive values ​​embedded in the entertainment provoked hate speech and intolerance in the form of a handful of extremist protesters,” said Cr Iser.

The Moonee Ponds Police Department have done a fantastic job protecting everyone from intimidating chants from people who really should have had better things to do on a sunny Friday.

“Thank you to all the families and employees who ignored the hate and filled the park with love and laughter, and stayed loud and proud.

“Everyone, regardless of race, religion, gender identity and sexual orientation, is welcome in the Valley of Moonee.”

Police confirmed they were present at the neo-Nazi protest – which was held at the festival to mark the end of the school holidays.

“Police were called to an event around 12 noon after a group of 12 protesters attended and caused a disturbance,” the Victoria Police Department said in a statement.

“A counter-protest group was present and the police were on hand to ensure that the peace was not violated. The event ended and all parties left the area. No arrests have been made.’

Another artist at Youth Fest posted about the interaction on their social media page, saying the protesters had tried to tear down her community

Another artist at Youth Fest posted about the interaction on their social media page, saying the protesters had tried to tear down her community

Perrottet is the latest to condemn Sydney United fans' behavior after supporters booed the Indigenous Welcome to Country and even flashed the Nazi salute

Perrottet is the latest to condemn Sydney United fans’ behavior after supporters booed the Indigenous Welcome to Country and even flashed the Nazi salute

Another artist at Youth Fest posted about the interaction on their social media page, saying the protesters had tried to tear down her community.

“On Friday I had the absolute pleasure of attending the Youth Fest in Queens Park where I performed my bubble act and planned to perform some jazz and lip sync songs,” the performer said.

‘Unfortunately, not everyone is a fan of face paint, glitter, puppies and bubbles. Neo-N*Zi white supremacists even went to the trouble of printing a custom banner for me (totally misspelled my last name) while yelling about my drag acts.

“My community has been so vital during this time and the outpouring of love and support has been phenomenal. Hate will not divide us and this act of hate has only confirmed me in what I do.

“When I started drag, I wanted to be the person I wanted to be. As my authentic self to those who want to dismantle, I feel like I’m one step closer to that person.’

Sydney United supporters lash out at rogue members of the fanbase for leaving a 'nasty stain' on the community (pictured, a fan appears to raise his right arm in a Nazi salute)

Sydney United supporters lash out at rogue members of the fanbase for leaving a ‘nasty stain’ on the community (pictured, a fan appears to raise his right arm in a Nazi salute)

Meanwhile, Perrottet condemned the behavior of Sydney United fans after supporters booed the Indigenous Welcome to Country and even flashed the Nazi salute.

“My position is that if they are caught, they should be banned from life,” he said Monday.

“This behavior is not acceptable in our great country.”

The NSW police are investigating the incident and will talk to the clubs involved.

Lucy Zelić, who was most recently a sports presenter for SBS, was the latest in a string of high-profile presenters, athletes and commentators to decry the outrageous display seen by tens of thousands of fans on Saturday night.

Lucy Zelić, who was most recently a sports presenter for SBS, is the latest in a string of high-profile presenters, athletes and commentators to decry the shameful display by some Sydney United fans during Saturday's Australia Cup final.

Lucy Zelić, who was most recently a sports presenter for SBS, is the latest in a string of high-profile presenters, athletes and commentators to decry the shameful display by some Sydney United fans during Saturday’s Australia Cup final.

Some followers of United, formerly known as Sydney Croatia, sang Za Dom Spremni (For Homeland – Ready), a chant used by the far-right Ustase movement in the 1930s and 1940s.

Disturbing images and videos circulating on social media also appeared to show fans carrying out fascist gun salutes during the match.

Some were also heard singing and reportedly booing during the national anthem and the traditional Welcome to Country prior to the match against Macarthur.

Zelić took to Twitter on Sunday to denounce the behavior of ‘so-called fans’ whose disrespect overshadowed the match at Sydney’s Commbank Stadium.

Photos of fans with their right arms raised in what appeared to be a Nazi salute quickly went viral on social media during the match and were widely condemned

Photos of fans with their right arms raised in what appeared to be a Nazi salute quickly went viral on social media during the match and were widely condemned

“What happened last night at the @AustraliaCup Final was shocking and just devastating, and I couldn’t believe it,” she tweeted.

“It was the first time that I was ashamed of the actions of my compatriots, and I was not alone. Their beliefs and behavior are not a true representation of Croats, just as fans’ actions are never representative of a football club.

“What’s worse is that many of them appeared to be teenagers who just don’t know how deep the consequences of their actions are.”

Zelić added that she knew what it felt like to be on the receiving end of racism and was often told ‘f**k of back to Croatia wog’.

She said this confused her, as Australia had always felt like home.

Some of Sydney United's fans reportedly started whooping and chanting during the National Anthem and Welcome to Country

Some of Sydney United’s fans reportedly started whooping and chanting during the National Anthem and Welcome to Country

The journalist said fans found guilty of the Nazi salute should be banned from future games for life and face “the full arm of the law”.

More importantly, she said fans should take an “educational course on history” and be confronted with photos from Nazi concentration camps and listen to stories from Holocaust survivors.

“I’m so glad our football community stood up to condemn the actions and hold people accountable, but the language around this is also important and can be as divisive as it can unite,” she tweeted.

“Celebrating our culture and heritage will never replace that because, as the game of football has taught us – there is a place at the table for everyone.”

United supporters were also accused of booing during the Welcome to Country performed by Erin Wilkins (pictured), who appeared visibly shocked

United supporters were also accused of booing during the Welcome to Country performed by Erin Wilkins (pictured), who appeared visibly shocked

The presenter’s condemnation of fans ‘disrespecting’ what was meant to be a historic moment in Australian football comes as supporters lash out at rogue members of the fanbase for leaving a ‘nasty stain’ on the community.

“This has become a common occurrence in matches with Croatian teams, see Dinamo fans recently in Milan,” one user replied to Zelić’s tweets.

“It appears to be normalized behavior among football fans. It has to be called out, but unfortunately not prominent sports journalists.’

Football Australia said it will not tolerate racism and has launched a full investigation.

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