newsCO.com.au–Far-right activist who confronted Sam Dastyari ordered to return Toll gear

December 8, 2017

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2017-12-08 03:15:22

Far-right activist Neil Erikson has been ordered by the Federal Court to hand back his uniform to Toll after the freight group accused him of trying to deliberately damage its brand.

The convicted stalker and racial vilifier was sacked by the company about two years ago, but he or his associates have continued wearing the Toll uniform in inflammatory videos and at events.

A man who was never employed by Toll but is friends with Erikson was photographed mid-punch at a violent clash outside controversial British commentator Milo Yiannopoulos’ Melbourne event on Monday.

Neil Erikson, a far right public figure is seen during a demonstration outside Milo Yiannopoulos's sold out show (AAP)

Neil Erikson, a far right public figure is seen during a demonstration outside Milo Yiannopoulos’s sold out show (AAP)

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And Erikson himself was wearing a Toll polo shirt when he ambushed Senator Sam Dastyari at a Footscray pub book launch in November, when the Iranian-born MP was called a “terrorist”.

“We believe that a deliberate effort has been made to damage our brand and reputation,” Toll said in a statement earlier this week.

The Federal Court in Melbourne on Thursday issued the orders in Erikson’s absence.

He’s been told to hand back items including one boot, tops, shirts, cargo pants and a belt, by Thursday.

He’s also been told not to publish any video or photographs of anyone who is not a Toll employee wearing the uniform or that refers to Toll.

It’s not the only legal action Erikson faces.

Streaming service Stan and Roadshow Productions instructed lawyers to take action against the group who attacked Senator Dastyari.

The group set up a Facebook page under the Patriot Blue name – the same moniker as a group in the entertainment companies’ fictional drama series, Romper Stomper.

Earlier in 2017 United Patriots Front leader Blair Cottrell, Erikson, and Christopher Neil Shortis were convicted and fined for inciting contempt and ridicule of Muslims after a 2015 stunt.

The trio chanted “Allahu Akbar” in a video and spilled fake blood on the footpath and wall of a garden bed beside the Bendigo City Council offices protesting the building of the Bendigo mosque.

The Federal Court matter returns on December 18 and at future mentions is expected to discuss damages.

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