If you played “What insane display of wokedom will occur on Australia Day Bingo” on 26 January and drew the card with “Someone will get arrested for wearing the Australian flag”, then congratulations. You just won the jackpot.
Come down and collect you prize.
See for yourself below:
Melbourne bloke arrested – apparently for wearing an Australian flag on Australia Day https://t.co/ATmWAILZKQ
— Michael Smith News (@mpsmithnews) January 26, 2020
Now it is true that the man who was arrested has, in the past, been more than a trouble maker. Some have described him in colloquial Aussie fashion as a “bit of a dickhead”.
I tend to agree.
After all, donning an Aussie flag and parading around the centre of Melbourne screams bogan more than patriot, to say nothing of the fact that it also demonstrates that this man thumbs his nose at the protocols regarding the use of the Australian National Flag.
While this man is often at counter-Antifa protests, I get the impression that he and those he confronts both furiously agree that violence and threats and thuggery are an acceptable way of imposing their views on society. This man has certainly not been afraid to threaten others in the past.
While the phrase gets thrown around with gay abandon, this man is probably deserving of being labelled a ‘far right activist’. He admits that he started out in the neo-Nazi movement. In more recent times he’s admitted to lying about meeting conservative politicians in order to gain media attention and to hurt the Liberal Party during the last election campaign.
All in all, whatever side he is on, it’s not mine.
But all of that is also irrelevant.
He was wearing an Australian flag. And then he was arrested because the ‘Invasion Day’ protest was approaching.
And this is the problem: if the shoe was on the other foot and a lone Aboriginal trouble-maker was waiting to confront the Australia Day parade, does anyone really believe that the police would have shown consistency and arrested that person?
We all know the answer to that: no.
Instead he would have been protected. And then interviewed by the ABC.
And the most ironic part of it all? The very law that the Victorian police used to order this man to move on and then arrest him for failing to do so was criticised by Liberty Victoria for the ‘distressingly broad’ impact it would have on Aboriginal people:
Such powers are inevitably ‘prone to be applied in a discriminatory and disproportionate way against some of our most vulnerable community members, including people who are homeless, young people, Aboriginal people and people experiencing mental health issues’.
Strangely, Liberty Victoria has not had a single word to say about the way this law was used against a lone man draped in a flag counter-protesting the ‘Invasion Day’ march.
Nor have they said anything about the fact that this same law states that the Victorian police have no powers to move a person on if they are merely demonstrating or ‘speaking, bearing or otherwise identifying with a banner, placard or sign or otherwise behaving in a way that is apparently intended to publicise the person’s view about a particular issue.”
So it seems that the Victorian police broke the law to arrest a man on Australia Day. For wearing an Australian flag.
In a separate incident, Avi Yemeni was also arrested in Melbourne by the Victorian police on Australia Day, as you can see below:
He intends to fight the Victorian police. I’ll be watching with interest and I certainly hope that he wins.