Australia bars provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos over massacre comments

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 17, 2019

Milo Yiannopoulos has been barred from Australia following remarks he made on social media about the Christchurch, New Zealand terror attacks.

"Milo Yiannopoulos will not be allowed to enter Australia for his proposed tour this year", Immigration Minister David Coleman said in a statement.

Government officials were appalled by Yiannopoulos' comments about "barbaric cultures", and said they would make a statement about denying him permission to enter the country Saturday afternoon, according to the Herald.

Mr Coleman countered that the "terrorist attack in Christchurch was carried out on Muslims peacefully practising their religion".

The ultra-right public speaker, a British national, who lives in the United States, was scheduled to tour Australia later this year to speak at a series of events. Coleman's department had previously warned that Yiannopoulos could fail the test due to previous admissions of being a "troll", and for an unpaid bill to Victoria Police for policing events during his last tour of Australia in 2017. "It was an act of pure evil". That decision was later reversed-although he's been banned yet again, reports The Hill.

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Yiannopoulos defended his comments after the ban was announced. I said that we on the Right are constantly disavowing racists.

Conservative MPs, including One Nation leader Pauline Hanson and former human rights commissioner Tim Wilson, argued that banning the alt-right speaker would be a blow to freedom of speech.

"Attacks like this happen because the establishment panders to and mollycoddles extremist leftism and barbaric, alien religious cultures".

Reacting to the Australian government's decision, the controversial speaker said, "I explicitly denounced violence".

Earlier, Australian Labor frontbencher Tony Burke said: "Surely the Liberal government is still not going to issue a visa to someone so he can conduct a tour to promote hatred against Muslims".

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