A sticker on the side window of a Victorian driver’s car has sparked outrage from a prominent civil rights group.
The find was made by a bystander at the McDonald’s drive-thru in Bendigo, west of Melbourne, during Saturday’s lunchtime rush.
A photograph shows that it appears to be a swastika next to a red skull.
The witness reported it to the Anti-Defamation Commission and described it as “disgusting”.
ADC chairman Dr Dvir Abramovich asked: “What is going on in Victoria?”
He condemned the driver and said he was calling on the state government to ban public displays of the swastika.
“What does it say that in 2021, individuals with pure hatred in their heart, feel emboldened to proudly display a symbol that represents the pure evil that led to the death squads, gas chambers and the extermination of six million Jews and millions of others?
“This is not about freedom expression, and we all have a responsibility to speak up when such hateful acts take place.
“The time for talking is over.”
Abramovich has been campaigning to outlaw public displays of the swastika for three years.
He earlier described repeated instances of its wearing as a “sickening and escalating crisis”.
“I repeat my call for the state government to draft a bill that bans the public displays of Nazism and to pass the law immediately. Enough is enough.”
Premier Daniel Andrews earlier this year indicated the government would take action against the use of the Nazi symbols.
“There’s no place for those views, there’s no place for those symbols, there’s no place for those attitudes and conduct in a modern Victoria,” he said.
It comes weeks after a man was spotted at a Melbourne farmers market wearing an armband with the swastika on it.
When the man who spotted the armband told police, he says he was informed it wasn’t a crime to display the swastika publicly.
“Victoria Police respect the right of the community to express their views peacefully and lawfully, but we will not tolerate people breaking the law or urging violence and hatred within our community,” a spokesperson told 7NEWS.com.au.
“We ask anyone who witnesses, or is subject to discrimination or victimisation on the basis of religious affiliation, sexuality, gender identity or race to inform police immediately.”
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