BLM campaigner Paddy Gibson says his home was attacked by Nazi skinheads
Black Lives Matter campaigner vows to fight back after says Nazi skinheads attacked his home while he was hiding inside with his partner
- Prominent campaigner targets neo-Nazi skinheads
- Paddy Gibson said three men tried to kick in his door by screaming ‘terrifying’ threats
- He also claims that it took about 30 minutes for police officers to arrive
- ASIO says far-right extremism now accounts for 50 percent of cases
A left-wing activist says a gang of Nazi skinheads tried to kick in the door of his house and demanded that he come outside shouting “terrifying” threats.
University of Technology Sydney researcher Paddy Gibson claims three ‘skinheads’ attempted to break into his home around 7:30 p.m. Saturday while he was with his partner.
He is also an activist with the socialist group Solidarity and a leading organizer of the local Black Lives Matter movement.
The attackers began smashing the front door before ripping the security grille off a window frame and then shattering the glass window with a chair.
Paddy Gibson (pictured) claims three ‘skinheads’ attempted to break into his home at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday while he was with his partner
Mr Gibson (pictured at a 2020 media event) works as a researcher at the University of Technology Sydney and is an activist with the socialist movement Solidarity
“Three skinheads in Eureka-flagged shirts came to the door, called my name, and demanded that I come out. It was terrifying,’ Mr Gibson said.
“Fortunately my children were with my parents.”
The assailants finally left after about five minutes when he threatened to call police and neighbors began to notice the commotion.
Gibson said he is grateful that the community has rallied to his side as officers failed to show up for about 30 minutes.
“Police are aware that I have previously received death threats in the run-up to major Black Lives Matter rallies because of a prominent organizing role, but this is a significant escalation from the far right,” he said.
“I can only assume that some sections of the far right feel encouraged by the situation here and abroad to go on the attack in this way.
“But we are not intimidated and are even more determined to organize ourselves against racism.”
The attackers began smashing the front door before ripping the security grille off a window frame (pictured) and then shattering the glass window with a chair
Gibson said he is grateful that the community has rallied to his side after police failed to show up for about 30 minutes. Pictured: the window that skinheads smashed
The protest organizer said people in his multicultural community were “outraged” that Nazi groups could be so brutal.
“There is no place for Nazis in this community and there will be an even greater organized response to any attempt by the far right to threaten or intimidate anyone,” he said.
ASIO chief Mike Burgess told a Senate estimates hearing in May that political extremism is now “approaching 50 percent of our counter-terrorism priority on land.”
“This reflects a growing international trend, as well as ASIO’s decision to allocate more resources to the threat.”
Nazi gang wore Eureka-flagged shirts when they attacked protest organizer’s house
Deputy Professor George Newhouse, the chief executive of the left-wing National Justice Project, said authorities need to step up their crackdown on far-right extremists.
“Governments in Australia have not taken seriously the threat from violent racist and militant groups and this is the end result,” he said.
“In the US we have seen lives lost due to the demonization of the Black Lives Matter movement by the right.
“It’s time for our leaders to heed the call for racial justice and protect those who call for change.”
WHAT IS THE EUREKA FLAG?
The Australian gold rush began in the 1850s and saw a massive increase in Chinese migration Down Under.
In 1861, 38,258 people, or 3.3 percent of the Australian population, were born in China. This number would not be matched until the late 1980s.
Chinese miners often worked in groups of 30 to 100 men led by a leader, making their gold prospecting efforts very successful.
European miners became jealous of the Chinese success, which resulted in violent anti-Chinese protests, most notably the Lambing Flat riots in NSW from 1860 to 1861.
An illustration of European miners attacking Chinese miners in a historical sketch by John Thomas Doyle. European miners became jealous of Chinese success, resulting in violent anti-Chinese protests, most notably the Lambing Flat riots in NSW from 1860 to 1861
Chinese miners also faced higher taxes, social segregation, publicly sanctioned racism and were often looted or ‘claim-jumped’ by their white counterparts.
The Eureka Rebellion culminated in the Eureka Stockade Battle in 1854, which killed at least 22 diggers and six soldiers.
After the stockade, a royal commission report suggested that Chinese immigration would be severely restricted, resulting in the Chinese Immigration Act of Victoria in 1855.
The gold rush was also a second wave of dispossession for Indigenous Australians, many of whom had already been expelled from their lands by pastoralists.
The massive influx of diggers on their lands and the resulting destruction of the environment resulted in terrible hardships for the indigenous people.
Since the Australian gold rush, the Eureka flag has become a national symbol associated with unions, the working class, anti-imperialism and republicanism.
The flag itself is blue with a white cross and white stars in the center and at each point. It is often a candidate in debates about changing the Australian national flag.