A Queensland MP has had a swastika sprayed over her office just days after her window was allegedly smashed by an anti-vaxxer.
But state Labor MP Ali King says she will not be deterred, despite repeated attacks including verbal abuse and death threats being made against her staff.
‘I’ve got a thick skin and I will not be changed in my views, or silenced in my encouragement of vaccination,’ Ms King told Daily Mail Australia.
The office of Queensland state Labor MP Ali King (pictured) was daubed with a swastika just days after it was allegedly smashed by an anti-vaxxer
‘When people take these actions they are bullying people who just come to work each day. These are the actions of a small number of people and they should think about their bullying behaviour.’
Ms King found out about the smashed window when the local police called her, but it was a local resident who told her about the swastika attack.
‘On Sunday afternoon a supporter contacted me to say how sorry he was that my office had been attacked again,’ she said.
‘So I went over there and found a big swastika spray-painted on the same window that had just been repaired and replaced.’
A police investigation is now underway and a man has now been charged in connection with the smashed window.
Ms King was shocked by the use of the Nazi symbol in the latest attack on her office.
‘These people need to stop and think about what real oppression is,’ she said.
‘The swastika symbol is a symbol of real oppression, where millions of people were killed.
‘When a government seeks to encourage a vaccination to keep people safe, that is not oppression. We are so lucky to have a safe vaccine and to have access to it.’
Queensland Labor MP Ali King (pictured) says she will not be deterred, despite repeated attacks including verbal abuse and death threats being made against her staff
She said locals who lost family in the Holocaust had contacted her after finding it ‘profoundly upsetting’ that public health measures are being compared to Nazism.
Dr Dvir Abramovich, chairman of the Anti-Defamation Commission, told Daily Mail Australia the vandalism was a reflection of a disturbing change in modern society.
‘There is something very troubling happening in our nation and we should all be alarmed by this contagion of bigotry that is spreading like wildfire,’ he said.
‘Words and vandalism, as we know very well from history, can become lethal violence.
‘This is a hate crime, pure and simple and its aim was to intimidate and sow fear.’
Dr Abramovich, who has been leading a national campaign to ban the public displays and sale of Nazi materials and insignia, has called on all leaders ‘to denounce this stomach-turning outrage that is a stain on our community in the strongest possible way’.
Dr Dvir Abramovich said the vandalism was a reflection of a disturbing change in modern society. (Pictured, anti-vaccination protesters gather for a rally in Brisbane)
He offered his support to Ms King and said what happened to her is a wake up call that extremists are growing more agitated and are targeting elected officials.
Dr Abramovich added that anyone who loves Australia will not feel comfortable knowing there are people ‘who are brazenly and proudly weaponising a symbol that represents the pure evil’ that led to the extermination of six million Jews and millions of others.
‘This goes beyond mere vandalism, and we all have a responsibility to speak up when such ugly and dangerous assaults take place,’ he said.
‘I call on the Queensland government and the opposition to lock arms and to immediately pass legislation that not only bans the public display of any Nazi insignia but imposes severe penalties on such repugnant offences.’
There have been an increasing number of anti-vaccine protests in Australia in recent months (pictured, a march in Melbourne on Monday)
Vaccine sceptics have been furious about the introduction of so-called vaccine passports to enter venues in many states (pictured, a protest in Melbourne on Monday)
Ms King said the reaction she’s faced in the wake of the attacks has left her in no doubt that the vandalism is related to the Covid-19 vaccine.
She added: ‘I’ve been copping this all week, being called a Nazi and having public health measures described as akin to the Holocaust.
‘That’s how I know what the connection is.’
Ms King’s office is now getting CCTV installed in a bid to avert any future attacks.
Her electorate, Pumicestone, has the highest median age in Queensland.
‘Covid would be incredibly dangerous to our community if we got uncontrolled outbreaks. We are so lucky to have a safe vaccine available,’ she said.
The alleged offender was issued with a notice to appear at Caboolture Magistrates Court in December.
As of Monday, 83.2 per cent of Australians over 16 are fully vaccinated with 90.5 per cent having had at least one dose.
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