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Australia Presence of far-right Proud Boys symbol at Melbourne marches 'frightening for us all', Josh Frydenberg says

07:22  27 january  2021
07:22  27 january  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the presence of the far-right Proud Boys symbol at marches in Melbourne on Tuesday is "frightening to us all", as the Government unveils plans for a new Holocaust museum in Canberra.

A man dressed in a top emblazoned with 'Proud Boys' was briefly detained by police on Tuesday, after he clashed with those attending the Invasion Day march through Melbourne's CBD.

Several other men wearing Proud Boys hats and shirts joined a separate march protesting the cancellation of the official Australia Day parade.

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The Proud Boys is a far-right, male-only extremist group that is active in the US. Canada's Parliament on Monday passed a symbolic motion calling on the Prime Minister to designate it a terrorist group.

Mr Frydenberg said seeing men wearing the Proud Boys logo marching through his home city was "very concerning".

"I think it's frightening for us all," he told ABC Radio Melbourne.

"There is a rise in far-right conspiracy theories and a rise in anti-Semitism globally, as well as … here in Australia and indeed in Melbourne.

"We've seen school kids as young as five being called Jewish cockroaches and swastikas on advertising for theatre productions, dare I say it, of an Anne Frank show."

In September last year, Australia's domestic spy agency warned there had been a dramatic rise in the number of violent right-wing extremists under surveillance and some groups were using Islamic State-style radicalisation tactics.

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Holocaust museum to be set up in Canberra

Mr Frydenberg said whether or not groups such as the Proud Boys, who were involved in the deadly US Capitol riot, should be shut down was a matter for authorities.

"But to the credit of governments, state and federal, this [the rise of anti-Semitism] is a real focus for them," he said.

"I do congratulate the Andrews Government for ensuring that Holocaust education is being taught in all schools across the state for years nine 9 and 10 and I think that's a good example for other states to follow."

As the world marks the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, Mr Frydenberg announced $750,000 in funding to establish a Canberra Holocaust Museum and Education Centre, in partnership with the ACT Government.

He said the invasion of the US Capitol building by violent far-right extremists was despicable and disgusting, and should motivate the community to work harder on the issue.

"To see that in the nation of the United States, in their capital, was truly frightening," he told ABC Radio National.

"I think it should, for all of us, send a chilling message that we need to redouble our efforts to say never again."


Video: EXCLUSIVE: Josh Frydenberg discusses rise of anti-Semitism (Sky News Australia)

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