The swastika symbol used by the Nazis has been banned in Victoria, Australia.
Under the new law enacted in the Australian state of Victoria, the deliberate display of the swastika symbol used by the Nazis will be subject to imprisonment or a fine.
According to the BBC’s report, those who use the symbol can be sentenced to up to one year in prison or a fine of 22,000 Australian dollars.
“No one has the right to spread racism, hatred or anti-Semitism,” said Dan Andrews, the Prime Minister of the State of Victoria.
State Attorney General Jaclyn Symes said: “The Nazi symbol glorifies one of the most hateful ideologies in history; its public display serves nothing but an attempt to further suffering and division.”
‘A major blow to the neo-Nazi movement’
On the other hand, Dvir Abramovich, head of the Anti-Defamation Commission, who campaigned for the law in question, described the law as a “big blow” against the neo-Nazi movement.
Abramovich told the ABC, “As our nation faces the deep stain of a resurgent white supremacist movement that has adopted a dangerous and inhumane agenda, parliament has declared that the symbol of Nazism will never find a safe haven in our state”.
However, there has been a sharp increase in anti-Semitic incidents in Australia recently.
88 anti-Semitic incidents occurred in Australia in the last month
According to a study by Tel Aviv University, the number of worldwide anti-Semitic protests has increased dramatically in the past year. There were 88 incidents in just one month in Australia, which is considered a ‘record’ in terms of the country’s history.
Also in 2020, the Australian intelligence chief warned that neo-Nazis pose a ‘serious threat’ to homeland security. The official said that small-scale cells belonging to the far-right met regularly to propagate Nazi ideology.