U.S. Republicans called on the United States this week to impose sanctions on Australia in response to several cases in which Australian police violently attacked ‘unauthorized protesters’.
On Sunday, Ben Kew – the English editor of the conservative Florida-based publication El American – declared in an article that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison “Must pay for such blatant violations of human rights” which has taken place against protesters and other Australians using strict Covid-19 restrictions.
What is going on in Australia is unprecedented. This once prosperous liberal democracy now looks more like a tyrannical regime. Whether it is through sanctions, boycotts or just diplomatic warnings, the world must act. My column for @elamerican_https://t.co/7XDzCObXhd
– Ben Kew ?? (@ben_kew) September 19, 2021
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“What has happened in this former colonial outpost is neither normal nor acceptable. In fact, the conduct of the Australian Government and its security apparatus have clearly violated the most fundamental rights of citizens. “ Kew wrote and noted Australia’s development of a face recognition app to keep people in quarantine, its ban on Australians leaving the country and its policies that have kept tens of thousands of Australian citizens stranded abroad.
Kew called Australia’s new AUKUS pact with the United States and Britain, presumably hitting China, “ironic,” argues for it “The Chinese people currently have more [Covid-19] freedom than their Australian counterparts, “ and argued that since Australia is supposed to be the leader of the free world, it should be held to higher standards.
Because of this, Kew concluded that Australia should receive “Boycott, diplomatic warnings or even targeted sanctions” over its treatment of Australian citizens during the pandemic to show it “The free world will not stand still in silence” as human rights “Is so aggressively undermined.”
Kew’s article received support from prominent U.S. Republican groups and individuals, including Republicans for national renewal.
The group, led by former Republican Congresswoman Kerry Bentivolio, shared the article on Twitter, calling Australia’s actions “contemptible,” adds, “We should expect better from one of our closest allies.”
The recent behavior of the Australian regime is despicable. We should expect better from one of our closest allies. https://t.co/2O5dLY8Z8n
– Republicans for National Renewal (@RNRenewal) September 19, 2021
The article was also shared by conservative commentator Mike Cernovich, former congressional candidate Chuck Callesto and Matthew Tyrmand — a colleague at the Conservative Claremont Institute and son of the late anti-communist Polish-American author Leopold Tyrmand.
Closer to home, Morrison’s government was also condemned on Monday by former Australian diplomat Bruce Haigh, who compared the country under Morrison to “Apartheid South Africa.”
“Australia is now as much on the nose as Apartheid South Africa, in Asia and Europe. The doors are closing, “ Haigh warned, before calling on the government to release the Sri Lankan Murugappan family who have been detained in Australia since seeking asylum in 2018.
On Saturday, Haigh warned that Australia was now “Isolated in Asia and Europe” due to the AUKUS agreement, which was opposed by neighboring China, Malaysia and Indonesia.
“The region is angry at the Morrison / Dutton submarine decision,” Haigh revealed.
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