Reclaim Australia?

In early 2015, responding to a cloak of assumed fear in Melbourne of Islam, Right wing anti-muslim group Reclaim Australia organises a nationwide rally to vocalise their displeasure at ‘attempts by minorities to change our Australian cultural identity’. Calling for banning Sharia law, Halal certification and the wearing of burkas and spouting ‘un-Australian’ propaganda in the lead up to the rally, raised the ire of Leftist groups around the country.

The violence that ensued on Easter Saturday gave birth to the United Patriots Front and a series of misguided rallies that ended in violence, arrest and injury these images showcase an ugly side of Australia where freedom of choice and speech gave way to organised violence in the name of ‘a better Australia for all’. (Photographed for Fairfax Media syndicated by Getty Images.)