United Patriots Front
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The United Patriots Front (UPF) aka the Two Patriots Front (2PF) is an Australian far right political action group that regards itself as "a nation wide movement, opposing the spread of Left Wing treason and spread of Islamism". The group was established in May 2015 by Sherman Burgess, known for his social media persona The Great Aussie Patriot, after his departure from Reclaim Australia. The movement is now led by Sherman's friend and Neo Nazi Blair Cottrell; Sherman having departed the group in October 2015.
As with their father group, the UPF are concerned with overcoming what they see to be the Islamic takeover of Australia, and the implementation of Sharia law. The movement however, is arguably more concerned with oppposing leftists, and has accused the left of helping facilitate such an Islamic conquest, of "hating" the Australian nation and of also supporting the notion of a one world socialist government in favour of more nationalistic interests.
In 2015, the group held an anti-leftist protest in Melbourne,attacking what they believed was a "socialist takeover" of the Yarra Council, and the socialist councillor Steven Jolly, accusing him of "hating Australia" and of preventing patriots from exercising their freedoms.
Following the appearance of Zaky Mallah, an Australian Muslim and convicted felon on the Australian ABC's Q&A program (seen as left wing by many right wing ideologues), the United Patriots Front protested in front of the ABC's headquarters in Melbourne. The protesters brought numerous Australian flags and a roasted pig on a spit, to mock Islam and the ABC for allegedly supporting the ideology. UPF members also hurled out remarks accusing the television station of committing "left wing treason" and of supporting the Islamic State. The protest also prompted an immediate evacuation of the building.
Before a July 2015 protest, members of the UPF were accused of stating that they had intentions of bringing firearms to the protest. Sherman Burgess had also stated that they had guns, and that if "shit went down", they would survive and not their enemy. This prompted an immediate police investigation into the group.
The United Patriots Front received a critical reception following their protest on July 18-19, with certain Australian musicians condemning the group, along with Reclaim Australia, for the groups using their music in propaganda pieces. This prompted Blair Cottrell and other UPF members to denounce these musicians in return, and questioned where their allegiances were.
A UPF supporter was arrested and charged with threatening to kill a Melbourne socialist Councillor in August 2015. The Councillor, Stephen Jolly, had been the subject of a video by Blair Cottrell following the July rally, where Cottrell had stated that Jolly had to be removed from office because of his supposed affiliation with violent left wing extremists. The hypocrisy from Cottrell and his friends is laughable.
On September 10, 2015, Sherman Burgess announced that the United Patriots Front would be forming itself into a political party once it had sufficient numbers.
In October 2015, following a failed rally against Islam and the left in the rural town of Bendigo, Burgess left the UPF and granted Blair Cottrell full control of the organisation.
In 2016, the UPF established its new political party, Fortitude. Blair Cottrell became the party's self-appointed "chairman" and led the group on three rallies in rural Australia to help gain support.
Fortitude's online manifesto outlines the group's batshit insane policy, including an unconstitutional ban on all Muslim immigration and a desire to bring their warped view of "patriotism" back into the nation's state schooling system. Blair Cottrell also outlined that majority decisions on any matter within the party would be banned, and that all decisions would be made by an "Inner Circle" of elite individuals, with the final approval of Chairman Cottrell himself.
Blair Cottrell has theoretically supported the murder of Fortitude members who leak information on the party to political opposition, yet acknowledged that under "modern pacifism" this cannot occur; so instead, has advocated a "blacklist" of such traitors who are to be ostracised by other members of the group.