Neo-Nazi skinheads in Eureka flag-shirts attempt to kick in the front door of an antiracism campaigner’s home. They shout “terrifying” threats, while officers take half an hours to respond.

  • Prominent anti-racism advocate becomes target for neo-Nazi skinheads
  • Paddy Gibson said three men tried to kick his door in shouting ‘terrifying’ threats
  • It took him 30 minutes for police to reach the scene. 
  • Recently, far-right extremism has seen a surge in popularity and now accounts for 50% of ASIO cases 

A gang made a scuffle at the front door of a well-known anti-racism activist’s house, demanding that he get out and making threatening threats.

Paddy Gibson from the University of Technology Sydney claims that three skinheads tried to intrude into his Sydney home on Saturday night while Gibson was alone with his partner.

They broke into the front door, then tore the window frames off the security grille and then shatter the glass windows with a chair.

Paddy Gibson (pictured) claims three 'skinheads' tried to break into his home at about 7.30pm on Saturday while he was with his partner

Paddy Gibson (photo) alleges that three’skinheads tried to intrude into his house on Saturday at around 7.30pm. He was there with his partner.

Mr Gibson (pictured at a media event in 2020) works as a University of Technology Sydney researcher and is an activist with the Solidarity socialist movement

Pictured at a 2020 media event, Mr Gibson is a researcher from the University of Technology Sydney and an activist for Solidarity.

“Three Eureka flag-wearing Skinheads” rushed to the front door and shouted my name. It was scary, said Mr Gibson.

“Thankfully, my children were at my parents place.”

After about five minutes of fighting, the attackers managed to flee. 

Gibson stated that he was grateful to the community for supporting him, as officers did not show up until 30 minutes. 

“The police know that I’ve received threats of death before during the preparations for major Black Lives Matter rallies, due to my role as an organizer, but this was a substantial escalation by the far right,” he stated.

“I think that the extreme right is feeling empowered and motivated by these events overseas.

“But we won’t be intimidated, and are more determined to organize against racism.”

The attackers began to smash on the front door before ripping the security grill off a window frame (pictured) and then shattered the glass window with a chair

Before smashing into the front door (pictured), the attackers ripped off the frame of a security grill and then broke the glass window with the chair.

Mr Gibson said he's grateful the community rallied to his side because police didn't show up for about 30 minutes. Pictured: The window that skinheads smashed

Gibson expressed gratitude to the community that they rallied around him and that police only remained at his home for 30 minutes. Pictured is the window that skinheads broke.

According to the protest organizer, people living in multicultural communities were outraged that Nazis could act so brazenly.

He stated that there was no room for Nazis within this community, and that the far-right will have to come up with a more organized response to intimidate or threaten anyone.

Mike Burgess (Australia’s spy chief) warned that the caseload of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation was now about half that of far-right extremism at a Senate hearing.

Our investigations [into] ideologically-motivated violent extremism, such as racists and nationalists, are approaching 50 per cent of our priority counter-terrorism onshore caseload,’ the director-general said.

“This is a reflection of a growing international trend as well ASIO’s decision not to give more resources to this threat.

The Nazi gang were wearing Eureka flag shirts when they attacked the protest organiser's home

They were dressed in Eureka flag shirts and attacked the house of the protest organizer.

George Newhouse (adjunct professor) is the Chief Executive of the National Justice Project. He stated that authorities need to take tougher action against extremists.

He said that governments around Australia had failed to address the threat posed by violent racist and militant group threats and that this was the result.

“In America, many lives have been lost due to the demonization and racism of Black Lives Matter by the Right.

“It is time that our leaders heed the call for racial injustice and defend those calling for it.”


In the 1850s, Australia’s Gold Rushes saw an enormous increase in Chinese immigration.

33% of Australia’s population was Chinese-born in 1861. This is 38,258. This figure was not equaled until the 1980s.

Chinese miners were often led by a leader and worked in teams of between 30-40 men. Their gold-digging efforts were very successful.

European miners were jealous of Chinese success. This led to violent anti-Chinese protests.

An illustration of European miners attacking Chinese miners in a historic sketch by John Thomas Doyle. European miners became jealous of Chinese success, which resulted in violent anti-Chinese protests, most notably the Lambing Flat riots in NSW from 1860 to 1861

An illustration of European miners attacking Chinese miners in a historic sketch by John Thomas Doyle. European miners became jealous over Chinese success. These protests resulted, in part, in violent anti Chinese demonstrations.

Chinese miners faced increased taxes, higher social segregation and were frequently looted by or ‘claim-jumped’ by their white counterparts.

In 1854, the Eureka Rebellion was crowned in the Eureka Stockade Battle. At least 22 soldiers and diggers were killed in this battle.

Following the Stockade, a report by a royal commission suggested Chinese immigration should not be allowed to flourish. Victoria’s Chinese Immigration Act was created in 1855.

Indigenous Australians also suffered second-hand dispossessions during the gold rush. Many had been driven from their land earlier by pastoralists.

Massive influxes of diggers on their land, and subsequent environmental destruction caused terrible hardships to the Indigenous people.

The Eureka flag, which was adopted by the Australian Gold Rushes in 1896, has come to be a national symbol. It is often associated with republicanism, anti-imperialism, and unions.

Blue with white crosses and stars at the center and points, the flag is itself blue. In debates over changing Australia’s national flag, it is frequently a candidate.