March 6 was a day that will go down in History, It was always going to be controversial but no one expected Neil Erikson who was facing court along with Blair Cottrell and Chris Shortis on serious religious vilification charges to show up in FULL Islamic Wear.
October 4, 2015 the three men performed a mock beheading outside the Bendigo Council Building to draw awareness to Council Corruption. The Local Council were clearing the way for a massive Islamic Centre & Mosque to be built in the small Victorian Town, with allegations of under the table deals for building contracts and Government grants.
Almost 2 years on the Bendigo Police Charged Erikson and the other 2 men for “Inciting Contempt for Islam” along with other related charges, This is the first time this section of the Racial & Religious Tolerance Act of 2001 has been used, which is the State Version of the Controversial 18C.
Erikson surprised many onlookers along with Party For Freedom Organiser George Jameson (who flew down from Sydney for the event) they were decked out in Full Islamic Dress. Neil Erikson entered the court with Blair and Chris to face the Magistrate, The Magistrate seemed annoyed the prosecution had taken so long to charge the three men and called for an adjournment until May 23 for a contest Mention.
Photos taken by Erik Anderson
Hear Erikson’s interview on 3AW –