NSW Greens MP Jenny Leong has spoken at an event organised by the revolutionary Trotskyist group Solidarity calling for NSW Police to drop charges against Solidarity activist Adam Adelpour.
Marxist activist Adelpour was arrested under COVID-19 health regulations after organising a Marxist protest at the University of Sydney. Adelpour faces six months in jail or an $11,000 fine under the Public Health Act 2010.
Adelpour has been an activist with the “Solidarity” group as far back as 2012. In April of that year he was a part of the Solidarity contingent to a “refugee rights convergence” in Darwin where he was arrested for trespassing at the Wickham Point detention centre. He was also detained at another protest organised by Marxist groups at the University of Sydney broken up by NSW Police earlier this year.
Solidarity is a revolutionary Trotskyist group founded in 2003 by veteran Marxist activist Ian Rintoul . The group has come to greater prominence recently due to the actions of its front organisations in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane as well as the arrest of one of their better known activists Paddy Gibson for organising a BLM protest in breach of an order of the NSW Supreme court. On this last occasion Jenny Leong, along with fellow Greens MP David Shoebridge invited Gibson into NSW Parliament House as their guest as soon as NSW Police released him.
Nor are these the only times Jenny Leong has associated with Solidarity. In February of this year Leong spoke at a Solidarity organised protest outside the immigration department’s Sydney offices which called on Canberra to lift the travel ban on foreign nationals travelling from China amid the coronavirus outbreak. Standing alongside her at this rally were Ian Rintoul the founder of the group as well as Adam Adelpour.
While usually Greens who speak at Marxist protests are careful not to let on that they know just how extreme the people they are helping to promote are, Jenny Leong doesn’t seem quite as discrete. On her Twitter feed Ms Leong openly thanked Solidarity for organising the protest.
Ignorance for anyone about who Solidarity are and what they wish to achieve isn’t really plausible. Here’s the first paragraph of their Wikipedia entry:
Solidarity is a Trotskyist organisation in Australia. The group is a member of the International Socialist Tendency. The organisation was formed in 2008 from a merger between groups emerging from the International Socialist tradition: the International Socialist Organisation, Socialist Action Group and Solidarity.
There’s even less excuse for a NSW Greens MP to be ignorant. Ms Leong was a participant in the Great Greens Civil war of a couple of years ago where the moderates were defeated by the extremist left. One of the moderates at the time Greens MP Cate Faehrmann said to the Guardian Australia in late 2018:
“A large group of people from the entryist ‘revolutionary socialist’ organisation Solidarity has joined and become active in the NSW Greens…. Their involvement and combative approach to the party has been endorsed and encouraged by a few current and recent Greens MPs and senior party officials.”
The idea that Jenny Leong doesn’t know the nature of a group that almost caused a split in her party two years ago is laughable. The idea that she is unaware that she is collaborating with extremists who openly declare their intention to overthrow the Australian government and replace it with a totalitarian state in the mould of the early Soviet Union is simply absurd.
And the fact that not one member of the Australian media establishment seems to think that members of Australia’s third largest political party collaborating with Marxists who believe Australia shouldn’t even exist is worth reporting on is worrying, to say the very least.