‘Heil Hitler’ salute at Swinburne
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Neo-Nazis pose at uni

‘Heil Hitler’ salute at Swinburne

Swinburne University: 'The views and ideas of groups such as this run counter to everything our university stands for, and we condemn them in the strongest possible terms'.

The neo-Nazis at Swinburne.
Photo: Facebook
The neo-Nazis at Swinburne. Photo: Facebook

A GANG of neo-Nazis who invaded the campus of Swinburne University of Technology has been condemned by the Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC).

The group, believed to be from National Social Network (NSN), a fringe organisation, posted a self-portrait in which the hooded figures gave a “Heil Hitler” salute. The group later used VK, Russia’s equivalent of Facebook, to post a bizarre note of thanks to Swinburne, ending in a comment, “Swinburne for the White Man”.

NSN was barred from Twitter and Instagram in May shortly after The AJN and other media revealed its activities. However, NSN members are believed to still be spreading their messages of hatred on social media platforms Telegram and VK, posting photos of members doing Hitler salutes at various locations.

Confirming that the men entered the campus – believed to be without gates – to take the picture and left soon afterwards, a Swinburne University spokesperson told media the group did not have permission to be on the grounds.

“They are not welcome on our campus. The views and ideas of groups such as this run counter to everything our university stands for, and we condemn them in the strongest possible terms.”

ADC chair Dvir Abramovich stated, “These dangerous racists are pushing their online activities to the real world in a very open way by visiting universities, which may result in violence if a confrontation takes place. We would not be surprised if some students seeing this evil image will feel unsafe and scared.”

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