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Rival protest groups clash over immigration on Julie Bishop’s office doorstep

Right-wing protesters taunt anti-racism activists after police separated the groups. Photo: ABC/Hugh Sando
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Right- and left-wing groups have faced off outside Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s office during a protest over the treatment of white farmers in South Africa.

Members of the Australian Liberty Alliance (ALA) and other groups delivered a petition calling on the Federal Government to create a special refugee visa category for the farmers.

Both sides taunted each other from across the street, with the left-wingers holding signs saying “fight racism” while the right-wingers carried banners saying “let the right ones in”.

The petition calls for 80 per cent of humanitarian visas be given to white farmers.

As the ALA supporters crossed the street to deliver the petition, they had to walk through the left-wing groups chanting “Nazi scum off our streets.”

The shouting increased and there was some pushing and shoving, forcing the police to intervene and keep the rival groups apart.
However, no-one was arrested.

A thin blue line of police keep the protesters apart outside Julie Bishop’s office in Perth.

ALA president Debbie Robinson said South Africans did not have time to wait for visas.

“The situation in South Africa right now is dire,” she said.

“There are people being slaughtered, women and children [are] being raped.

“[Visas], they take time and there is no time for these people, they are going to disappear if we don’t do something soon.”

Sarah, who spoke on behalf of the gathered left-wing groups, said the ALA and their supporters were racists.

“I would describe that petition as being white Australia policy by stealth,” she said.

“They know they can’t come out and say ‘let’s ban black and white refugees’, so instead they do it by stealth.”

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton caused a diplomatic row last month when he said white farmers were facing “horrific circumstances” in South Africa and deserved “special attention” from a civilised country.