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Responding to the reiteration, in detail, of claims that Australian officials deliberately burned asylum seekers’ hands during an ‘on water’ operation, Senator David Johnston urged the public not to trust the witness, Mr Fasher. The Australian reports:
Senator Johnson [sic] dismissed a report published by Fairfax Media yesterday in which Somalian man Yousif Ibrahim Fasher said he was a witness to brutality, where asylum-seekers allegedly had their hands deliberately burned.
“He’s not even Australian,” Senator Johnson [sic] said. “I mean, it’s all very well, but these people are desperate people, we are winning this battle, and I expect there will be more aspersions cast as they lose money, lose face and lose opportunity.”
Who do you believe?
Sen Johnstone (Photo: Alex Ellinghausen)
Yousif Ibrahim Fasher, right (Photo: Michael Bachelard)
The recent revelation that members of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) responsible for carrying out “Operation Sovereign Borders” are also members or supporters of the anti-Muslim Australian Defence League (ADL) has caused a great deal of embarrassment to the authorities. It has also generated no small amount of concern among the broader public.
Antifa is the name given to anti-fascist networks around the world since the rise of fascism in Europe. It is above all a call — an alert — for the self-defense of communities targeted by neo-Nazis and the far Right when the state either no longer serves to protect them or is undertaking such attacks itself.
It involves three dimensions: practical, on-the-ground solidarity of diverse communities; scrutiny of neo-Nazi and far Right organizing efforts; and longer-term attention to the preparation of the ground for the legitimation of violence.
There is only one aim to antifa actions: autonomous self-defense undertaken for and by diverse communities, in the defense of that diversity.