Canberra Theatre Centre threatened over hijab billboard

An image that sparked threats in Melbourne earlier this month has once again raised the ire of supporters of anti-Islamic group Respect Australia.

The image of two girls in hijabs with Australian flags has raised the ire of far-right groups.

The image of two girls in hijabs with Australian flags has raised the ire of far-right groups. Source: Goverment of Victoria

The Canberra Theatre Centre has deleted a Facebook post about an Australia Day advertisement following several threats of violence.
 
The post stated the theatre was "proud" to have a digital billboard displaying two Muslim girls with Australian flags above its entrance until January 26.
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Screenshot from a Respect Australia Facebook post. Source: Facebook

 
But anti-Islamic group Respect Australia on Facebook called on its members to phone the theatre and complain. 
 
According to , the theatre removed the post in response to threatening messages it received.
 
The Facebook post by Respect Australia is still online, with hundreds of comments that include racist remarks and calls to bomb, set fire or destroy the screen with bricks.
 
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Screenshot from the Respect Australia Facebook post. Source: Facebook

 
According to the , threats were referred to ACT Police.
 
The billboard is expected to remain on display.
 
The ACT's Chief Minister Andrew Barr told the Canberra Times, "there will always be racist rednecks in any community but I'm not going to give them any succour in the ACT".
 

 
"You can't threaten to blow up buildings in this country without facing criminal charges," he said.
 
"For those who are concerned about the contents of the signs I have a very simple message: 'get a life, get over it'."
 
The same image of the two girls wearing hijabs sparked threats earlier this month when it was displayed on a billboard in Melbourne.
 
It was taken down, but a crowdfunding campaign raised nearly $170,000 to spread the image across the country.
 



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Published 25 January 2017 at 8:27pm
By SBS News
Source: SBS