May 3, 2014
Anti-fascist protestors outnumbered their far-right opponents at dual rallies in Brisbane’s CBD on Friday.
Police officers put themselves between the opposing groups as they gathered on Queen Street outside the offices of the Consul-General of Greece about midday.
Members of the Australia First Party organised a protest to show solidarity with the neo-Nazi-linked Greek political party, Golden Dawn.
But less than 10 Australia First Party supporters attended the rally, which began outside The Greek Club on Edmonstone Street, South Brisbane.
Their protest was overshadowed by a counter, anti-fascist rally staged by up to 200 unionists and members of the group Antifa.
The two groups first confronted each other on opposite sides of Edmonstone Street, with anti-fascist protesters yelling, “Immigrants are welcome, Nazis are not!”
The groups made their way over the Victoria Bridge to Queen Street where they gathered outside the offices of the Consul-General of Greece, separated by a line of police.
The Golden Dawn Party, which was founded by a Holocaust denier Nikos Michaloliakos, has been linked to dozens of violent protests in Greece.
Michaloliakos and several other Golden Dawn MPs were arrested and charged with forming a criminal organisation following the murder of an anti-fascist Greek rapper Pavlos Fyssas in September last year.