Counter-terrorism detectives have raided three properties after racist neo-Nazi graffiti was spotted near a playground in Brisbane’s south. It will be alleged a footpath at the Calamvale District Park was spray-painted with racist material, while a neo-Nazi banner was hung from a nearby tree in early February.
On Friday, officers from the Counter-Terrorism Investigation Group seized several items after carrying out three warrants in Brisbane’s southern suburbs, but no charges were laid. Investigations are ongoing as police issued a warning to anyone engaging in racist depictions.
“Everyone in Queensland has a right to feel safe, to not feel threatened or victimized, and the Queensland Police Service remains committed to supporting people across our culturally diverse society,” it said. “The Queensland Police Service urges anyone who feels threatened or fearful by the actions of others to contact police.”
The presence of racist graffiti in the city’s southern suburbs follows neo-Nazi graffiti and paraphernalia in Melbourne and Sydney over the last two years. Earlier this year, Victoria Police investigated a disturbing gathering of a far-Right neo-Nazi group, known as the National Socialist Network, after images emerged from Australia Day. Pictures online reportedly from the weekend show a group of bare-chested men wearing balaclavas next to a burning cross in the Grampians National Park.