Police In Supreme Court Bid To Shut Down Cronulla Riot Rally

04/12/2015 6:39 PM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
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A far-right group planning "the biggest Aussie pride rally this country has ever seen" to "commemorate" the 10th anniversary of the infamous Cronulla riots have hit back at attempts by police and a local council to stop the controversial event.

Police on Friday took the the organisers of a Cronulla riots anniversary event to the Supreme Court to try and stop the anti-Islam event from going ahead, after they twice rejected an application last month.

The Party for Freedom took to Facebook to decry the move.

"I believe in our judiciary system and look forward to you instigating and acting against me, as this will give me an opportunity to put Islam on trial," the group posted in an undated letter on their Facebook Page.

"Looking forward to the tribunal date so Islam can be put on trial and the Koran is officially branded as extremist and hateful material inappropriate for the secular and civilized (sic) nation of Australia."

The letter also said the group would not comply with demands to remove material advertising the rally.

A video on the Party for Freedom Facebook page is posted over a caption reading "Feel the love Patriots. Cronulla is still a Red Hot Go....YOU RIPPAAAAAA!!!"

Nick Folkes and his anti-immigration group, Party for Freedom, are reported to have briefly appeared in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday for a civil case instigated by the NSW Commissioner of Police before it was adjourned to December 10, when the police application for the urgent injunction preventing the anniversary event from taking place is expected to be heard.

Party For Freedom's political policies include a "halt to Muslim and third world immigration", doubling military spending, abolishing the Human Rights Commission and withdrawing Australia from the United Nations Protocol on Refugees.

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An angry crowd shout racial taunts against Lebanese at North Cronulla on Sunday 11 December 2005.

It is unclear how many people are expected to attend the rally, set for December 12.

Shermon Burgess -- former leader of controversial far-right group United Patriots Front -- on Tuesday posted a video claiming busloads of people from Melbourne and Canberra will be travelling to the event, and claimed it will be "the biggest Aussie pride rally this country has ever seen".

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