Far-right activists are preparing to throw a halal-free barbecue in Cronulla on Saturday after plans for a “memorial” rally were shut down.
Controversial Party For Freedom frontman Nicholas Folkes is planning the barbecue after the NSW Supreme Court quashed his plans to hold a rally and a procession to mark the 10th anniversary of the Cronulla riots.
Sutherland Shire Mayor Carmelo Pesce said he was confident large numbers of police officers on high alert would deal with anybody who defied the court’s decision.
NSW Police and the Sutherland Shire Council sought to prevent organiser Folkes from holding the “memorial” event at Cronulla today on the grounds it would stir up racial hatred.
This weekend marks the 10-year anniversary of the racially motivated violence which erupted in the Sydney suburb, in 2005.
In the Supreme Court yesterday, the judge ruled the holding of the public assembly was prohibited.
She made no order in regards to costs, with each party to pay their own.
Before the ruling Mr Folkes, who is the founder of a new anti-Islam party, told the ABC the memorial was about celebrating Australian culture, not violence.
“I believe it’s an important time when Australians did stand up,” Mr Folkes said.
The Federal Court is now separately considering a similar, but more far-reaching, application from Muslim community leader Jamal Rifi.
Dr Rifi says the court should find the memorial event in breach of the Racial Discrimination Act.
“Their freedom of speech should not impinge on our rights as citizens,” he said.
“They have every right to express their view but their right is not absolute.
“We also have a right as a citizen of this country not to be insulted, not to be humiliated and not to be intimidated.”