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National Anarchist rally in Sydney, November 24th, 2012

A handful of racist national anarchists rallied in Sydney in November. slackbastard (December 7th) provides the following account:

RRTAA!

Two weeks ago in Sydney, a small group of White-nationalists-in-anarchist-drag rocked up to a rally against the latest Israeli attack on Gaza (aka ‘Operation Pillar of Defense’, November 17). Armed with banners, Anonymous masks and bizarro political merch (branded tees and the like), the 10 or so wingnuts were soon identified as hostile by members of the crowd, who proceeded to isolate them outside the Town Hall. Reportedly, an attempt was made to confiscate one of their banners, which was unsuccessful. The White nationalists were then surrounded by police, and remained silent and stationary at the Town Hall for the duration of the rally.

So, who were these wEiRd0eS?

Their propaganda proclaimed them to be ‘national anarchists’. While the term may seem oxymoronic, ‘national anarchism’ is in fact an ideological development on the far right, one whose immediate origins can be traced back to the late 1980s and early 1990s and attempts by racists and fascists to find a place for their activities among anarchists in England. The standard account of this fringe and its evolution during this period is ‘Co-opting the Counter Culture: Troy Southgate and the National Revolutionary Faction’, Graham D. Macklin, Patterns of Prejudice, Vol.39, No.3, September 2005.

Despite having some initial success (fooling a handful of leftists, including the recently-deceased Terry Liddle, into collaborating with them), Southgate and his followers found little real political purchase among radicals. (Of course organising, from the mid-2000s, a talking-shop in London, calling it ‘New Right’, and inviting various extreme-right wing loons — including Holocaust-denialists and other mentalists — to talk shit to other wEiRd0eS doesn’t help any.) In any event, Southgate & Co have sensibly turned to the online world for support and in this realm they’ve been reasonably successful, the milieu specialising in virtual political expressions, seemingly on the basis of Ein Volk, Ein Blog (my favorite being a Hitler-worshipping Afro-punk).

In Australia, the national anarchists (hereafter referred to as gnats) announced their existence back in 2007, when a group of around 20 or so right-wing loons of diverse origins — including Darrin Hodges (above), the (former) leader of the anti-Muslim ‘Australian Protectionist Party’ in NSW, and disgraced academic and White racialist Andrew Fraser — gathered at the APEC counter-protests, also in Sydney. (See : Anarchist statement on the New Right, October 21, 2007.) As in the more recent incident, at APEC the racist wankers were isolated and protected by a large number of police.

The principal exponent of ‘national anarchism’ in Australia is a Sydney-based small businessman named Welf Herfurth (above, with Adelaide-based Holocaust denialist Fredrick Töben, together holding an NPD flag belonging to German neo-Nazi Horst Mahler), who has been joined in the past by a handful of Victorians (including a young Creatard from Geelong named Scott Harrison), a student from Perth named Nicholas Cole, and more recently several boneheads. Thus for reasons best known to themselves, the members of the Australian franchise of the US-based neo-Nazi Volksfront gang cultivated close links with Herfurth & Co in Sydney; following its formal dissolution in October (seemingly as a result of US pressure on the group in the wake of neo-Nazi skinhead Wade Michael Page’s murderous spree), it would seem reasonable to expect former VF members to increase the level of their activity on behalf of the gnats/New Right. As it stands, it’s difficult to gauge the seriousness with which the gnats in Sydney intend to continue to provoke the left, but a source in Sydney’s Chinatown reckons former VF member Steev Levings [?] is keen, and Steev’s political loyalties find graphic expression on his body:


The recent Gaza intervention is one of just a handful of public manifestations by gnats, who for whatever reason seem to be concentrated in Sydney (as is the Australia First Party and Australian Protectionist Party), while Melbourne can boast of being the centre of B&H and Hammerskin activity and the tiny groupuscule Nationalist Alternative. Further afield, the gnats appear to have only been able to maintain a temporary presence on The Streets of San Francisco — in the shape of a bunch of BANANAs. A beat-down on BANANA leader Andrew White (‘Andrew Yeoman’) on May Day a coupla years ago — and his subsequent denouncement by ideologue Southgate as a psychopath and race traitor — put paid to White’s dream of a Bay Area purged of non-Whites, but not before the racist loser paid a visit to Australia to address AF’s annual conference the (2009) Sydney Forum (at which his kamerad Welf Herfurth performs as MC).

Otherwise, the gnats may be located within a wider attempt by the far right to re-articulate a form of racist nationalism, one which has taken on increasing significance, especially in Europe, over the last few decades. See, for example: Czech Republic : The Big Neo-Nazi Crib (antifa.cz) | Germany : German city battles elusive new-look neo-Nazis (Reuters) | Italy : CasaPound’s First Big Outing in Rome Was a Snooze-Fest, (Giuseppe Pisani, Vice).

Finally, as Durruti put it:

Fascism is not to be debated, it is to be smashed.

Anti-National Translation

The Anti-National Translation blog has drawn our attention to Troy Southgate and The New Right and national anarchism in the UK.

Sadly, in the US, Andrew White (aka Andrew Yeoman)–a few months after having been denounced by Southgate as a violent, psychotic stooge–no longer distributes BANANAs online, and appears to have abandoned promoting white nationalism–for the time being, at least.

On a brighter note, Southgate’s German-born Australian follower Welf Herfurth has written a book titled A Life in the Political Wilderness published in August 2011 by Flavio Gonçalves‘ Finis Mundi. Herfurth was also MC at the Australia First party’s annual conference The Sydney Forum in September. Herfurth’s own former follower, Scott Harrison, is keeping busy alerting the world to the dangers of fluoridation and promoting the White Man’s Bible.

Who are the BANANAs?

The Bay Area National Anarchists (BANANAs) are an odd little group based in San Francisco. The group’s leader, Andrew Yeoman (AKA Andrew White), recently attended the 2011 American Renaissance shadow conference (organised following the cancellation of the official event under pressure from local anti-racists). Yeoman/White was joined by a handful of other White supremacists: some further details are available by way of Southside Chicago ARA. In the meantime, a BANANA plantation worker from the Bay Area has sent National Anarchist! the following happy snaps. Further details on their contents will be forthcoming (and thank you to SH for the assist).








Blood & Honour Australia VS Volksfront Australia

According to an anonymous source, there’s been a recent re-alignment along the fringes of the fascist right in Australia. The re-positioning is both the result of and the Creator of some ongoing friction between ‘Blood & Honour Australia’ (B&H), the ‘Southern Cross Hammerskins’ and the ‘Creativity Alliance’ (CA) on the one hand and the ‘national anarchists’, ‘New Right’ (NR) and ‘Volksfront Australia’ (VF) on the other.

B&H and the Hammerskins have been operating in Australia since the late 1980s, while the CA is of much more recent origin, only forming in January 2007 (although ‘Creativity’ the White supremacist cult has attracted a range of oddballs prior to this date). NR and VF are also relatively new players on the far right scene–as are, of course, the ‘national anarchists’.

The leading figure in all three groups–NR, VF and national anarchists–is Welf Herfurth, pictured below at a VF gathering in Sydney in July 2010. The gathering was to raise funds for individuals VF regards as being ‘Prisoners of War’ in the battle against the destruction of the White race. According to VF, this destruction is taking place as a result of Jewish world domination.


Matt Chivers (left) and Welf Herfurth (right).


James Newman (left) and Lachlan Stone (right).


L to R: Chris Smith, Mark Smith and Mitch Lewis.


L to R: James Newman, Chris Smith (kneeling), Matt Chivers, Troy Ayre, Bryce Ryan, Lachlan Stone.

On the other side of the equation is Scott Harrison, now a Reverend in the CA in Geelong (Victoria) but formerly a follower of Welf Herfurth’s. Until very recently, the CA included VF member Chris Smith. However, as Chris is a member of VF, and Scott is a fan of B&H and the Hammerskins, Scott has denounced his former friend in NSW and announced that Chris has been expelled from the Alliance. As a result of his expulsion, the CA has been reduced to Scott in Geelong, Chris Campbell in Adelaide and a lonely man in Queensland.

Hell hath no fury like a teenager scorned, or so they say.