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Your Monday News Roundup: China Hates Swimmer Mack Horton, and Indigenous Dads Defy Cartoonist Bill Leak

A lot happened while you were out enjoying your life this weekend.

by VICE Staff
08 August 2016, 12:00am

Screenshots of Mack Horton's tagged photos on Instagram.

China Hates Australian Swimmer Mack Horton Now

Mack Horton has faced a barrage of abuse online from fans of China's Sun Yang, after the Australian swimmer beat the rival to claim gold in the 400 metre freestyle final. Every comment on the 20-year-old's Instagram feed has been deleted, after his photos were flooded with anger from Chinese commenters calling for Horton to #apologizetosunyang.

Their outrage stems from claims Horton purposefully baited Sun, accusing him of being a "drug cheat." Fairfax Media reported the Australian and Chinese swimmers had "an altercation" while both prepping in the training pool, when Sun allegedly splashed and taunted Horton. Horton told reporters he has "no time or respect for drug cheats."

Sun was secretly banned by the Chinese Swimming Association back in 2014, after testing positive for the stimulant trimetazidine. Many Chinese commenters on Horton's Instagram have noted Sun's claim that he was using the drug to treat heart palpitations. Swimming Australia CEO Mark Anderson has backed Horton, and said the medal winner should not apologise for the "drug cheat" sledge.

Horton was the first Australian to win gold at the Rio Olympics. He's since been joined by Emma McKeon, Brittany Elmslie, and sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell who seized first place and a world record time in the 4x100 metre freestyle medley. Catherine Skinner won gold in the trap shooting, while a synchronised diving bronze went to Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith.

Indigenous Dads Push Back Against Bill Leak Cartoon

On August 4, The Australian published a widely-criticised drawing by cartoonist Bill Leak, which portrayed an Aboriginal father, holding a can of beer, who couldn't remember his son's name. Over the weekend, Indigenous dads and their families took to Twitter to challenge the cartoon's racist stereotypes, sharing their own stories of fatherhood using the hashtag #IndigenousDads. Photographs and stories depicted happy and loving memories of supportive fathers that defied Leak's offensive cartoon. Users of the hashtag included creator of the ABC drama Cleverman, Ryan Griffen.

Both Leak and The Australian have stood by the cartoon, which has been condemned by Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion and the NSW Aboriginal Land Council. Bill Leak even drew a sequel depicting himself as a victim of public outrage. In a statement, the newspaper's editor-in-chief Paul Whittaker said that The Australian "is proud of its long-standing and detailed contribution to our national debate over the crucial issues in Indigenous affairs."

See: We Asked Artists to Respond to Bill Leak's Cartoon

Reclaim Australia member Phil Galea. Image via Facebook.

'Patriot' Arrested During Anti-Terror Raids in Melbourne

Phil Galea is a longstanding member of Reclaim Australia with an even longer history of committing dumb crimes. On Saturday afternoon the 31-year-old was arrested at his Braybrook home and charged with collecting or making documents to facilitate a terrorist act and planning for a terrorist act. On Sunday morning Galea appeared at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court where he claimed the charges were a "conspiracy against the patriot movement."

As mentioned this isn't Galea's first rodeo. He served a month earlier this year after five Tasers and a quantity of mercury was found at his property before an anti-immigration rally last November. Then in April Galea was again apprehended for carrying a flare at a rally, "just in case I got jumped." Flares, it should be noted, burn at around 1,600 degrees centigrade.

All 267 Russian Paralympic athletes have been banned by the IPC. Image via

Russia Banned From Competing in the Paralympics

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has flat out banned Russia from competing in the Paralympics in Rio, after a long investigation into the country's Olympic and Paralympic teams. The decision is a departure from the International Olympic Committee's call to defer to each sport's international federation when it comes to banning individual athletes.

Of the 387 Russian athletes competing in the Olympics, only 119 have been banned. By contrast, the IPC's blanket ban will mean all 267 Russian Paralympic athletes will be unable to compete across 18 sports.

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