Treatment of white South African farmers sparks clash of protesters in Perth

April 13, 2018

Opposing groups of demonstrators have faced off outside Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's Perth office while protesting persecution of white farmers by the South African government and black vigilante groups there.

The ABC reports a petition was delivered to Ms Bishop’s office calling on the Federal Government to create a special refugee visa category for the farmers, something Australian Conservatives founder Cory Bernardi has been supporting this year.

Left wingers taunted the petitioners from across the street, holding signs saying "fight racism" while supports of the farmers carried banners saying "let the right ones in".

The petition calls on 80 per cent of refugee visas be given to white farmers.

There was shouting, pushing and shoving by both groups forcing the police to intervene and keep the rivals apart.

However, no-one was arrested.

The petitioners said the South Africans did not have time to wait for visas and they are going to disappear if something isn't done soon.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton caused a diplomatic row last month when he said white farmers were facing "horrific circumstances" in South Africa and deserved "special attention" from a civilised country.

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