United Patriots Front activists arrested for conducting a mock beheading while chanting ‘Allahu akbar’ claim charges are ‘an attack on free speech’

Three far-right activists are fighting charges they incited vilification of Muslims when they allegedly beheaded a dummy to protest the building of a Bendigo mosque.

United Patriots Front leader Blair Cottrell, 35, and supporters Neil Erikson, 32, and Christopher Neil Shortis, 46, are each representing themselves in the Melbourne Magistrates Court over the alleged stunt in October 2015.

Before the hearing began on Monday morning, anti-racism protesters gathered outside the courts, bearing anti-Nazi placards, but were held at bay by a wall of police.

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  • WalterBannon

    the only Nazis in this story are the thugs protesting outside of the court and the Orwellian gestapo officials who arrested the defendants for exercising free political speech

    • Watchman

      Unfortunately these Australians have neglected the fact they are not part of the USA and thus they don’t have the broad ranging protections of the First Amendment (nor even the Second). The state they are in has the following law:

      Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 Act No. 47/2001

      8. Religious vilification unlawful

      (1) A person must not, on the ground of the religious belief or activity of another person or class of persons, engage in conduct that incites hatred against, serious contempt for, or revulsion or severe ridicule of, that other person or class of persons.

      It is possible these protesters will be jailed. I think the (perfidious) state could reasonably attest in court that beheadings are a religious tradition in Islam.

  • tom_billesley

    If they were standing beside a group of jihadis chanting “allahu akbar” while beheading a kaffir for real, they’d still have priority for police intervention.

    • Gary

      It’s very telling that nobody on the left finds the beheading sick when Muslims do it. Just like their silence over muslim pedophile rape gangs because they fear the racism word since the men are just doing what muhammad id or whats sanctioned in the quran .

  • Gary

    Interesting that the police and Human Rights Commission links islam and muslims to the beheading and yet the the arrested persons are the racists.

    Muslims should be outraged that this stunt is linked to islam not by those doing it but by Liberals that infer it has to be an attack on islam. About 70% of the Arabs are Christians and many wore head covering white the women had scarfs.

    How nice that non-muslims Liberals and leftists are here to define what islam is and who are the true followers.

    The new Bigotry of Lowered-expectations that we saw for the 8 years of Obama that was treated like a 1950’s Negro that had to be tolerated for this Wars and drone strikes on Civilians.