A group of Neo-Nazis – including a child – have been photographed performing a Hitler salute at a popular lookout in Melbourne.
The disturbing image was captured at Point Ormond Lookout in Elwood and shows more than 20 men and the boy gathered around the base of the tower while two others sit on the monument holding a flag representing the extremist European Australia Movement.
The image, shared by the Herald Sun, was condemned by local MP Josh Burns who defended his community and said there was no place for “racism” and “bigotry”.
“The people of Elwood are welcoming and community minded. They look after each other and our beautiful environment,” the Member for Macnamara said on Twitter.
“Reports today of a group of Neo-Nazis congregating and performing a Nazi salute, goes against everything this community stands for. I know this group of far-right extremists are doing this to provoke a reaction from people like me.
“However, we can’t be silent and let this happen without calling it out for what it is. It is racism. It is divisive. And it is frankly not welcome here. As a proud Jew and a proud Australian I will always stand against this bigotry.”
One person responded saying they had received a flyer in their letterbox on Tuesday appearing to come from the far-right group.
“Calling all white Australians,” the letter began in capital letters. “We are becoming a minority.”
The group stated their mission is about the "preservation and advancement of white people in Australia" to “secure the existence of our people and a future for white children”.
The receiver of the flyer appeared disgusted, saying they “can’t believe this is Australia in 2023.”
Neo-Nazi group’s leader fronts court over brutal attack
Last week, the leader of the European Australia Movement, Thomas Sewell, was sentenced to an 18-month community corrections order over a brutal attack on a Nine Network security guard.
The 29-year-old was demanding to speak to someone from A Current Affair over a segment about the group when the altercation with the guard occurred.
Sewell punched him in the head at least six times, causing him to fall back and hit his head on the concrete.
Nazi memorabilia at Gold Coast market sparks outrage
The disturbing photo at Point Ormond comes after attendees at a Gold Coast market over the weekend spotted Nazi paraphernalia for sale at one of the stalls.
Among the items were a $45 figurine of Adolf Hitler, a Swastika armband, propaganda booklets and bullets.
Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies president Jason Steinberg told ABC News it was disgusting that someone was profiting off the sale of the items.
"There were some items in there that absolutely make our community's skin crawl," Mr Steinberg said.
"This kind of memorabilia should never see the light of day.”
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet also made headlines last week after he admitted to wearing a Nazi costume to his 21st birthday party.
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