Over the past couple of years, there has been a low-level debate over a planning permit for a mosque in Bendigo, which in recent times culminated in a protest cum street battle between the United Patriots Front, and No Room for Racism/Socialist Alternative. For ease of writing, let’s call the United Patriots Front ‘the UPF’ and those on the other side, ‘the Miscellaneous Groups Against UPF’ or MGAUPF. (This article in The Australian is the best summary I’ve read.) The UPF plans another rally on October 10, and the MGAUPF plans to be there (for example, the Bendigo Action Coalition). For concerned Bendigonians who want to stand for freedom of religion and against the targeting of Muslim people, what are the forms of political…

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