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Senator Fraser Anning has set the record straight on his attendance at a rally against African gang violence in Melbourne yesterday, which some have claimed was infiltrated by right-wing extremists.
“I went to Melbourne to represent the people of Queensland who have also been subjected to African Gang violence recently; these issues are not just confined to Melbourne anymore, as we have seen they are rapidly spreading to my own state.” Senator Anning said.
“We have seen violent assaults and carjacking’s by African criminals in Annerly, Rocklea, Yeronga and Greenslopes.”
“My presence at the event should in no way be considered an endorsement by me of the views of other speakers or attendees.”
“However the truth is that attempts to claim that this rally was a “far right” event appear to be left wing media attempts to distract attention from the purpose of the protest – African gang violence.”
“I didn’t see any people there who appeared to be radicals. There were no skinheads, just ordinary working people who’d had enough.”
“I spoke to a diverse range of people including, Vietnamese shopkeepers who were there because they were sick of being victims of these gangs. Yet they are being portrayed as “far right extremists”- I don’t think so!”
“The only people who were doing Nazi salutes were the far left extremists one hundred metres away who came to try to disrupt a peaceful rally.” Senator Anning continued.
“This is just another media beat-up to try and the distract attention from the real story – that African gang violence is out of control in Melbourne and has spread to Queensland.”
“What we saw yesterday is the result of government inaction; ordinary working people are now taking to the streets to demand their safety and protection from criminal African gangs.” Senator Anning concluded.