Australia: politicians attack rock concert organizers for anti-racism


Anti racist demonstration in AustraliaBy Richard Phillips:

“Australian values” attack on rock concert organisers

2 February 2007

Each year in the last week of January, as Australia’s summer holiday season draws to a close, tens of thousands of young people attend Big Day Out (BDO) rock festivals in capital cities across the continent.

The popular outdoor event, which is one of the country’s longest-running and most successful rock events, featuring local and international bands, is generally ignored by politicians.

This year, however, BDO organisers were suddenly denounced as “unpatriotic” and “unAustralian” and targetted in a series of jingoistic attacks by Australia’s corporate media, Prime Minister John Howard and a coalition of federal and state parliamentarians—Liberal, National and Labor alike.

What had BDO management done to deserve such treatment?

They had simply pointed out that last year, gangs of drunken youth draped in Australian flags had intimidated concert patrons, demanding that they swear allegiance to the national flag.

Some of those who refused to comply were assaulted.

The BDO organisers declared that they would do whatever they could to prevent any repeat of such behaviour.

The 2006 BDO was held six weeks after the Cronulla Beach race riots when a mob of 5,000 drunken youth, stirred up by right-wing radio announcers, media commentators and government politicians, indiscriminately attacked people of Middle Eastern appearance.

Many of the rioters brandished or were wearing Australian flags. (See “Government and media provocations spark racist violence on Sydney beaches”).

Rock against Racism in Britain: here. And here.

4 thoughts on “Australia: politicians attack rock concert organizers for anti-racism

  1. Pingback: Polish workers at anti-fascist music festival in London | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. Pingback: British Rock against Racism and photography | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  3. Pingback: Guatemalan rock band against racism | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  4. Pingback: Australian senator joins neo-nazi anti-African rally | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.