The Unshackled had a busy Sunday covering the True Blue Crew’s Aussie Pride Flag March in Melbourne. It is one of the biggest events on the Australian nationalist calender. Despite our exhaustion, myself and our Melbourne Bureau Chief Morgan Munro decided to do debrief that evening about what transpired both on the patriot and Antifa side.
We began by explaining the history of the True Blue Crew, the main organisers of the event. They were formed in the western Melbourne suburb of Melton to oppose the Islamification of the area. They have since risen to become the most prominent patriot group in the Melbourne area led by Kane Miller. This was their third annual flag march, a surge in popularity for the True Blue Crew over the summer saw it roll out nationally so simulations flag marches occurred in Sydney and Perth.
We also look at the organised opposition to the march led by the Campaign Against Racism and Fascism who had been planning their counter-rally for months. They were assisted this year by the newly relaunched Melbourne Antifascist Info who attempted to doxx us and other prominent media and activists attending.
The march itself had a heavy police presence, although the event was organised by the True Blue Crew other patriot groups were present including the Lads Society, Neil Erikson from Cooks Convicts, the Soldiers of Odin and the Infidel Brotherhood of Victoria. Alt-media present were El Dia Opina, the Young Conservative and Johnny Moore. The march went from the Royal Exhibition Building to the intersection next to Victoria’s Parliament House where the two sides opposing sides met. There the marchers heard speeches from Tom Sewell and Blair Cottrell of the Lads Society.
The post-march celebrations at Federation Square were cut short after Blair Cottrell confronted a street performer who was wearing a revealing pink jumpsuit which Blair thought was inappropriate around children. The police then told all patriots to vacate the area. The overall numbers for the march were disappointing which we hypothesised may be due to the confrontational nature of the event. Patriotism is still popular in Australia, the challenge for the movement remains to make the public feel more comfortable about expressing it in public.