National Front rally largely ignored
Sat, 20 Oct 2012 6:04p.m.
By Charlotte Shipman
Two of New Zealand’s far right-wing groups have labelled the Jewish headstone vandals cowards.
Both the National Front and the Right-Wing Resistance have been accused of playing a part in the graveyard attack and say they're offended.
Fewer than 40 marched onto Parliament's grounds in support of the National Front. Among them were members of the Right-Wing Resistance. Both groups deny any involvement with the vandalism of Jewish graves in Auckland.
“We have nothing to do with that,” says Right-Wing Resistance national co-ordinator Kyle Chapman. “We believe in standing up for what we are. We are right here on the street with our faces. Why do we need to do something cowardly like attacking graves of people that can't stand up for themselves?”
“I condemn the people who desecrated those graves,” says Colin Ansell of the National Front movement. “And I feel something for the Jewish people because graves are something sacred.”
Mr Chapman even suggested a Jewish activist may have done the damage to create attention.
“That's all they use those symbols for, is for attention – to say ‘hi, look at me, I'm a dick’.”
It was a lack of attention the head of the National Front was lamenting at its annual rally.
“It seems to have mellowed out,” says Mr Ansell. “We can't even get the opposition to come out and play anymore – bit disappointing. I get sick of talking to the converted.”
Kerryn Frost and her mother Sharon are far from converted.
“It seems very racist – just racist. I don't agree with it, no,” she says.
The movement says it stands against high taxes, crime, homosexuality and immigration.
“They are against foreigners, against us,” says pedestrian Kim Mensing. “Oh no, we are okay,” she says sarcastically. “We're not from Africa, Asia or the Middle East, so we are okay.”
Mr Ansell says his group's biggest problem is maintaining its transient membership and getting them to pay their $15 a year membership fee.
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26/03/2013 8:01:20 p.m.
Dan chill out on your naive beliefs these guys are racist fascist and rule with a belligerent demeanor toward other ethnicities! end of story!
26/10/2012 8:54:24 a.m.
@KATHY, what a crock of crap. Next time you feel the need to comment on a subject that you obviously know very little about, try thinking before you open the hole in the front of your head. Its just that kind of attitude that creates racial problems.
24/10/2012 10:35:50 a.m.
Every country has groups like these. I am happy to see that fascists in New Zealand are such a joke, even the left can't be bothered showing up. This is a good thing people.
24/10/2012 9:30:12 a.m.
bullies nothing more. Using racist views to justify being one. Black shades, black clothing, jackboots. all suggest intimidation and an unwillingness to appear employable. These idiots should go back to England if they dont like it here, then they would realize how lucky they are here.
21/10/2012 12:00:08 p.m.
Shouldn't that be preaching to the per-verted, perverted by Anglo-American and Australian white supremacist subculture into rejecting mainstream NZ mulicultural values and respect for pluralism, diversity and civil peace?
21/10/2012 11:53:46 a.m.
@YURI they promote racial disharmony because they have been brought up to believe they are failures due to what they see as liberal governement policies. They have simply struggled to keep up with the pace of a neo-liberal multicultural society and take their frustrations out on others. They target Asians because they are the ethnic minority that have been the most successful in adapting to this. There is a growing white underclass of folk who think like this and they are angry.
21/10/2012 11:35:39 a.m.
Yuri, because with this particular government hate is part of their policy.
Its also illegal to descriminate based on employment status or socieconomic circumstance but National are openly promoting hate in all of those areas.
When it comes to politics, particularly with National, the law be damned.
Look at Paula Bennett as a Prime example of that sort of hatred.
21/10/2012 10:59:31 a.m.
NZ Human Rights Act Section 61 (Racial Desharmony) clearly specifies that a public speach of hatrid or redicule against a certain group based on their ethnicity or race is a punishable crime in New Zealand (up to 3 months in prison and up to $7000 fine).
How come these guys openly promote racial disharmony?
21/10/2012 10:36:51 a.m.
@Kathy, it sounds like you have a mandate to ban right wing views. Typical left winger.
20/10/2012 10:24:06 p.m.
Jim thats because hatred is a traditional part of right wing politics.
Even National are using hatred in their policies against Maori, Beneficiaries and the poor.
There are many right wing hate groups like the National Front or even the KKK.
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