|Motto||We're the Hitlers you've been waiting for|
|Formation||12 October 2016|
|Purpose||National Socialist White revolution (Nazism)|
|Affiliations||National Action (UK)|
Nordic Resistance Movement
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Antipodean Resistance (AR) is a neo-Nazi hate group in Australia. The group, formed in October 2016, which has been described as "alt-right", and uses the slogan "We're the Hitlers you've been waiting for", makes use of Nazi symbols such as the swastika and the Nazi salute. AR's logo features the Black Sun and Totenkopf (skull head) with an Akubra hat, a laurel wreath and a swastika.
Antipodean Resistance promotes and incites hatred and violence, as seen through some of its anti-Semitic and homophobic posters, with graphic images of shooting Jews and homosexuals in the head. One poster called to "Legalise the execution of Jews." As of December 2018, its website was shut down by its hosting provider.
Antipodean Resistance was formed on the now defunct Iron March website, which was a far-right website describing itself as a fascist social network, and which appears to have been home to many white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other right-wing extremists. Members of the website formed groups such as Atomwaffen Division and Antipodean Resistance.
AR has attracted attention for its Nazi-inspired vandalism in major cities in Australia. It has targeted schools in Melbourne with significant ethnic minority populations, placing posters carrying the message "Keep Australia White" along with racial slurs such as "abo", "nigger", and "chink", which were described as "vile and disgusting" by Victorian education minister James Merlino.
The membership of AR is reported to be very small. The group is only open to young heterosexual white people, who are "able to take a hit" for their beliefs. Members assume a pseudonym in an attempt to remain anonymous. Media outlets have reported that AR have organised secret radicalisation camps in remote forests.
In February 2018, AR formed a women's branch, Antipodean Resistance Women's Alliance (ARWA).
AR set up a Twitter account in February 2017 which was closed on 18 December 2017 by Twitter in a crackdown on hate sites. Aware of the probability of the ban, an account was set up in November 2017 on Gab, a Twitter-like platform commonly used by the alt-right. On 12 December 2018, the group's main recruiting platform, its website, was shut down by its hosting provider, GoDaddy for violations of its terms of service.
Several counter-terrorism experts have suggested authorities should focus more on far-right extremists such as Antipodean Resistance. Anne Aly, the Labor MP, in 2017 suggested that the group may turn to terrorism, stating "For a terrorist attack to succeed, it really only takes one person." She called for the group to be banned, stating "I would like to see some of these groups proscribed ... as terrorist and violent organisations."
- Atomwaffen Division, an American neo-Nazi terrorist group with similar rhetoric and posters to that of Antipodean Resistance.
- Far-right politics in Australia
- Right-wing terrorism
- Soldiers of Odin, a similar far-right group with branches in Australia that are reported to attend the same events and frequent the Lads Society.
- True Blue Crew, a similar Australian neo-Nazi group that are reported to attend the same events.
- United Patriots Front, a similar Australian far-right group that are reported to attend the same events and frequent the Lads Society.
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