Adolf Hitler placards at Gold Coast-Tweed border protests “sickening”

August 24, 2021 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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NSW Labor frontbencher Walt Secord was sickened by the images of a protestor carrying two posters purporting to be Adolf Hitler images at a Tweed-Gold Coast cross-border anti-lock down rally on the weekend.

Walt Secord holds image taken at the Tweed-Gold Coast rally

Secord told J-Wire: “In recent months, we have seen brazen acts and the emergence of far right-wing activity in Australia. It is a worrying development and these disgusting characters must be called out.

They have no place in Australian society and their actions are an affront to those who survived the Shoah and to those who fought Nazism.”

On Sunday, chaos erupted on the NSW-Queensland border with more than 2000 anti-lockdown protesters clashing with police. They marched from Boundary Street in Coolangatta in Queensland to the Twin Towns resort at Tweed Heads in NSW.

Eight people were arrested and police issued 54 public health order infringement notices.

One of the protesters was interviewed by local media and defended his use of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler’s face in protest material. He was photographed carrying two placards of what appeared to be Adolf Hitler.

The unnamed man carrying two placards quoting Adolf Hitler told Gold Coast media that “I’m here just to educate people about the small freedoms getting taken away from us and I’ve got a couple of signs here of Adolf Hitler that talk about the way to control society and the citizens and that’s to slowly take away their freedoms and their rights”.

The placards read: “The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the time at which these changes cannot be reversed. Adolf Hitler.”

Another protester was filmed encouraging others to swarm the border while riding a horse. He could be heard yelling “cross the border, they can’t hold all of us”.

Mr Secord is Shadow Minister for Police and Counter-Terrorism and is the Shadow Minister for the North Coast. He is NSW Labor’s spokesperson on North Coast and cross-border matters with Queensland.

“As the NSW Labor Party representative for the North Coast, I am sickened and appalled that far-Right activists would be so brazen to raise their ugly heads. I know that there were people amongst the protestors frustrated by their inability to access cross-border services, but this rally also contained far-right activists like the ones we saw in Melbourne and in Sydney,” Mr Secord added.

“The placards were disgusting and sickening. Put simply, they were filthy.”

Mr Secord also praised Tweed-Byron Police District Commander, Superintendent David Roptell on how his local officers responded swiftly to disrupt the activities of protestors in the area.

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One Response to “Adolf Hitler placards at Gold Coast-Tweed border protests “sickening””
  1. Adrian Jackson says:

    Well Walt Secord stop promoting their activities, including on this J-Wire website? Mr Secord you are starting to develop into a self promoter.

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