Fake accounts and lies at heart of anti-Islamic 'rally'
ONLY time will tell what will become of an anti-Islamic rally proposed for Toowoomba this weekend.
The event, which is part of the nation-wide Reclaim Australia campaign, was due to be held in Laurel Bank Park on Easter Saturday alongside rallies in capital cities and regional centres across the country.
While various organisers across Australia have spoken openly about the rallies, attempts to track down the Toowoomba campaigners led to multiple dead ends.
One source, who wished to remain anonymous after receiving threats from the group, told The Chronicle many of the Toowoomba rally's organisers and participants had fake accounts.
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He said the rally had been cancelled and restarted multiple times with each new change in administration.
One post said it was cancelled due to the group not having council or police permits while another said approval had been given.
"They lied to people about having police approval. They never had it."
The source said that although the rallies were being administrated by different people around Australia, the business name was registered under the name of Shermon Burgess, known on Facebook as the great Aussie patriot and also a known member of the Australian Defence League.
The ADL is a far-right Australian group which incites its followers to violence and has escalated a vicious hate campaign against Australian Muslims.
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"I call these rallies a wolf in sheep clothing. Yes, these rallies may not be racist in the way that the dictionary explains that word, but they are definitely bigotry and are endorsed by racists organizations. just because people have found away around the word racist doesn't mean its right to do."
Islamic Society of Toowoomba founding president Professor Shahjahan Khan was also confused about the state of the Toowoomba event, more so after one of the organisers approached him at the mosque a few weeks ago.
"He wanted to talk to me as he had problems with Islam. We talked and I answered his questions and the last I heard he had pulled out of the rally.
"Toowoomba is trying hard to be a model city of peace and harmony and this kind of event doesn't help to reflect that kind of identity.
"If anybody has issues, you're welcome to talk to us like that person who came to see me. We can talk openly and frankly."
He thought the campaign was founded on fear and misinformation.
The Chronicle contacted the national media officer for Reclaim Australia who said a Toowoomba rally organiser would be in touch today. That has yet to happen.
The Chronicle is also attempting to contact the Toowoomba police for a response.