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Vic police investigate source of far-right hate speech posters

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Victoria Police say they're investigating the source of far-right hate speech posters which have been plastered across Melbourne.

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An Australian neo-Nazi group has been linked to hate speech posters which have been plastered in major cities across Australia. 

The posters have been tagged with a website linking to the far-right group called Antipodean Resistance and have popped up on streets in major cities in the last week. 

The posters target foreigners, homosexuals and people referred to as “mixed abominations.” 

Antipodean Resistance refers to themselves as the '21st Century Hitler Youth'. Messages claiming to be from the group have popped up in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, and even regional centres like Bathurst in central west NSW.

Earlier this week, a member from a Leftist group 'Campaign Against Racism and Fascism' was filmed tearing down one of the posters in the Melbourne suburb of Prahran. This one targeted the LGBTQI+ community, reading: "Gays are a walking disease … what are you doing about AIDS?” and “Happy AIDS Month.”

A poster that was ripped down in Melbourne by a member of the Campaign Against Racism and Fascism group.
A poster that was ripped down in Melbourne by a member of the Campaign Against Racism and Fascism group.
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Chief Executive Officer of the City of Stonnington (which includes Prahran), Warren Roberts said the council condemned the hate speech material in the strongest terms.

“Victoria Police are coordinating a response to the display of these posters and we are working with them.

“We act quickly to remove material of this nature when we become aware of it,” he said. 

Victoria Police said they were "investigating after a number of racist and homophobic posts on poles along Chapel Street, Prahran."

"Police received a number of calls from the public regarding the posts," a spokesman said. 

"The posts have now been removed and police will review CCTV in the area as part of their investigation," a spokesperson said.

The Antipodean Resistance website says members view Australia to be "terminally ill, weak and crumbling under the weight of progressive degeneracy". 

Victoria Police say far-right groups are on their radar. 

Officers have been monitoring intelligence from a range of sources relevant to any group that may pose a threat or risk to the community.

A police spokesman said officers also used social media to keep an eye on such groups.

“We respect the right of the community to express their views peacefully and lawfully, however, urging violence and hatred is not a form of free speech that the community or Victoria Police will tolerate,” a spokesman said. 

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