Busker Harassed By White Nationalists Returns To Fed Square
"Do good in this world and good will happen," he said to cheers.
A Melbourne street performer harassed by notorious white nationalists has returned to Federation Square, with a large rally gathering in support.
Daniel Oldaker, who performs under the name Dandyman regularly around Melbourne, was targeted by a collection of far-right groups last week while performing in Federation Square. The group of men were walking through the area when they spotted Oldaker -- wearing a skintight pink outfit -- and aggressively approached him, accusing him of being a "paedophile" and "indecent exposure" because of the way he was dressed.
The far-right groups recorded the confrontation and posted video on social media.
Many people were gathered on steps watching Oldaker's performance, for which police later said he had a valid council permit. As the group of men circled and followed the performer, he called for police and a few audience members stepped in to challenge the far-right supporters. Police soon arrived and asked the men to move on, saying the performer was within his rights.
On Tuesday, Dandyman returned to Federation Square to perform his act. A large group of people gathered in a rally to support him.
"Do good in this world and good will happen," he told the audience, to cheers.
"We can do anything we like, we're allowed to do. Performing in the streets, in the theaters."
Fans clapped loudly as his act wrapped up, running in to embrace him in a big group hug.
Oldaker appeared on the The Project on Tuesday night to recount the terrifying moment he was ambushed.
"They appeared to my right and then I realised , OK, I have performed in 30 countries for the last 23 years and, I'm a pretty good judge of character... I had no idea that this was happening on this particular day. And so, yeah, I thought they must have been part of a football group or something, I had no idea," he said.
"It was going to turn and yeah, so I started walking away from them and then they got closer and that's when I felt threatened."
Oldaker said that while it was a difficult experience, he found hope in the support the public had given him.
"I just feel that, yeah, you want it feel safe in your community and Melbourne being obviously the most liveable city in the world you feel like, this is what I, you know, this shouldn't be happening, yeah. I want to feel comfortable," he said.
"It just made me realise that the public are there for us and more people are enjoying and are being part of the culture of Melbourne and that's the most important thing."
And he won't be giving up the bright pink unitard anytime soon.
"It is a parody on the culture of Australia and sport and swimming. It is a costume, you know. It's a traditional costume for, like, many years"