Rock Band Calls Out St Kilda Protester For Pairing Their T-Shirt With Nazi Helmet
A man wearing a band t-shirt while attending this weekend's far-right protest in Melbourne has been told -- not so subtly -- by the group that they do not support his views.
Hundreds of police occupied the foreshore of St Kilda on Saturday where far-right groups converged for a "political meeting".
They were met with left-wing and anti-fascist groups who held large counter-protests, in solidarity for targeted minority groups.
Photos and footage of the event circulating social media showed attendees acting out Nazi-esque goose-steps and performing one-armed Nazi salutes.
But one image caught the attention of pub rock veterans Cosmic Psychos, who noticed one protester was wearing their merchandise while holding up a helmet with the SS logo on it.
"The Cosmic Psychos do not condone any form of racism, exclusion, violence or hate," the band said in a Facebook post on Saturday night, referring to the image.
"Nazi's, there's a place where you belong."
The band then attached a link to their song titled F*ckwit City.
Originally from Melbourne, Cosmic Psychos are a punk rock band formed back in the 80s. In their more than three decades in the industry, the trio have supported bands Pearl Jam and Mudhoney on tour.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison also condemned the event on Sunday, thanking police for dealing with "ugly racial protests", while Opposition Leader Bill Shorten warned right-wing extremists are turning attacks on minorities into "a political art form".
Convicted criminals Neil Erikson and Blair Cottrell were among the key-note speakers at the event, which was organised in response to rising concerns about African gang crime in Melbourne.
Independent Senator Fraser Anning was also in attendance -- less than six months after being widely condemned for echoing Nazi rhetoric in calling for a "final solution" to immigration in his maiden speech.
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