In light of the several cases in which Australian policemen violently attacked participants in unauthorized anti-lockdown protests in Victoria and New South Wales, some Republicans in the United States have called Biden administration to impose sanctions against Australia.
Prominent US Republican groups and individuals, including Republicans for National Renewal, strongly supported Ben Kew’s article saying that flagrant human rights violations have taken place against protesters and other Australians through the use of strict Covid-19 lockdown restrictions and stressing that Australian PM Scott Morrison must be made to pay for it.
Kew, English editor of the conservative Florida-based publication El American, underlined that the behavior of the Australian government and its security apparatus has openly violated the most fundamental rights of its citizens and that the events in this former colonial outpost is neither normal nor acceptable.
He noted in the context that Australia has developed a facial recognition app to keep people in quarantine and prohibited Australians to leave the country and it have kept tens of thousands of Australian citizens stranded abroad with its policies.
He also mocked the Australia’s new AUKUS pact with the US and UK – presumably struck against China- as ironic, arguing that the Chinese have more freedom than Australians.
Kew suggested that, because of this, Australia should receive boycotts, diplomatic warnings and even targeted sanctions to understand that the free world will not stand by in silence while in front of the aggressively undermining of human rights of Australians.
Republicans for National Renewal, chaired by former Republican Congressman Kerry Bentivolio, shared the article on Twitter and called Australia’s actions contemptible, adding they should expect better from one of the closest allies to the US.
Kew’s article was also shared by the conservative Claremont Institute fellow Matthew Tyrmand, the former congressional candidate Chuck Callesto and conservative commentator Mike Cernovich, but has also attracted support in the wider audience, with one American commenting that Americans didn’t die for Australians in WWII so they could become slaves of a tyrant while another called on the US to “liberate Australia.”
American Republicans are not alone in the politics world to condemn the Australian government pandemic measures with former Australian diplomat Bruce Haigh blasting on Morrison’s government Monday, comparing Australia under ScoMo to the apartheid in South Africa.