Solidarity #15 – June 2011

June 11, 2011

Issue 15 - June 2011

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The 15th issue of Solidarity, free newssheet of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement. Download the .pdf above, or click below to read the contents online.

 

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A comic about a friend…

October 31, 2008

From Jitterati, a comic that appears in one of the local free newspapers.

More details on the protest in question at Aotearoa Indymedia.


Fascists chased out of Wellington

October 21, 2006

From Aotearoa Indymedia:

Over 100 anti-fascist protesters chased approximately 20 members of the fascist National Front out of Wellington today when they attempted to hold a rally at the Cenotaph.

The day started when Steve Larsen and George Walters, two members of another fascist group, New Right, were spotted across the road taking photos as antifa were gathering. A group of approximately 12 antifa went over to let them know that their presence was not welcome, and they were soon forced to run away.

The National Front, attempting to hold their third annual rally, had hoped to hold it at the Cenotaph next to Parliament, but anti-fascist activists had already occupied the area, blocking entrances with banners and setting up barricades with large plastic road barriers which were found nearby.

Upon arrival, the Police removed the barricades and attempted to move the antifa off the Cenotaph, but the high number of antifa compared to police meant they soon gave up. Upon arrival, the National Front were redirected by Police to Parliament, where they were surrounded by a ring of police.

Over 100 antifa soon followed up the hill to Parliament, repeatedly forcing the police lines back towards the fascists. Sid Wilson, National Front fuhrer, attempted to read a similar speech to the previous two years but was drowned out by chants of “Follow your leader, shoot yourself!”, “National Front, Nazi fascists!”, “More hair than brains”, “Twenty members nationwide”, “No room for racism/fascism”, “Run, run, Nazi scum!”, “Nazi scum your time has come” and more.

One antifa was arrested for assault at Parliament, but was later released and his charge withdrawn, after spending an hour sitting handcuffed in a paddy wagon.

After a short time, the National Front were forced to leave down the hill, where they were surrounded by antifa, harassed and pelted with dumpstered bagels and other projectiles. This continued all the way to Wellington railway station, where antifa again pushed through the police line trying to keep us out of the station so the fascists could escape.

The fascists ran onto a train, which soon took them to the Hutt, where they are staying at Top 10 Hutt Park Holiday Park, the same location they have used for the previous two years.

You can call Hutt Park Holiday Park on 0800 488 872 or email info@huttpark.co.nz and accom@huttpark.co.nz to let them know how you feel about them hosting fascists.

NO ROOM FOR FASCISM! NO PLATFORM FOR FASCISTS!


Holiday camp hosts fascists – Let them know how you feel!

October 20, 2006

Fight Dem Back! press release:

Australasian anti-fascist campaigners Fight Dem Back! are appalled at the hospitality shown to the New Zealand National Front (NZNF) by the Top 10 Hutt Park Holiday Park. The holiday park, part of a nationwide chain, is to host the fascist group for two nights, during which time they will hold their AGM and a rally at the Cenotaph.The NZNF are to stay at the park on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October, with their AGM to be held on Saturday afternoon.

“It is an absolute disgrace that this park is putting out the welcome mat for a group of organised racists. In recent years NZNF members have been linked to the theft of explosives [1], racist attacks on Somali youths, vandalism of Maori carvings [2] and attacks on Mosques and Jewish cemeteries” said Fight Dem Back! spokesperson Asher Goldman.

“The NZNF have stayed at the same holiday park in previous years, and the owners of the park cannot be in any doubt as to their beliefs. With swastikas and other fascist symbolism tattooed onto many of their bodies, their abhorrent beliefs are there for all to see” said Goldman.

“While the holiday park tries to project a family friendly image, its actions in hosting a violent group of racist thugs such as the NZNF show where its true sympathies lie,” said Goldman. “The NZNF do not deserve to be given a platform from which to spread their vile message of hate.”

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NOTES

[1] http://www.fightdemback.org/files/nfexplosives.jpg

[2] http://www.fightdemback.org/archive/people/cullinane-troy/

Take Action!

Call or email the Top 10 Hutt Park Holiday Park and let them know how you feel about them hosting fascists.

Freephone: 0800 488 872

Email: info@huttpark.co.nz, accom@huttpark.co.nz

Call the Top 10 chain head offices in Aotearoa / New Zealand or Australia and demand they take action against Hutt Park Holiday Park.

0800 867 836 (Toll-free within NZ)

1800 121 010 (Toll-free within Australia)


New Right – What A Joke!

June 29, 2006

Something I just wrote for Fight Dem Back!

Here at Fight Dem Back!, we pride ourselves on having up to date information on every Nazi group in Aotearoa and Australia.One group we have not profiled yet, however, is New Right. We haven’t bothered with them up until now for one simple reason – without exception, the members of New Right are amongst the most pathetic bunch of Nazis we have ever encountered.

New Right was formed in the wake of former fuhrer Kyle Chapman’s resignation from the New Zealand National Front. When Sid Wilson took over, the Wellington branch of the NZNF left en mass, owing to New Right head honcho Kerry Bolton’s hatred of the NZNF’s new dopehead alcoholic fuhrer.

New Right’s supporters are a handful of sad cases, many of whom will be familiar to Fight Dem Back! regulars.

George Walters

George Walters

George Walters is a man well known for FDB! and Punkas regulars. After a long period of being mocked on Punkas under the username “FASCISTA”, he moved on to being mocked on FDB! under the name “Ghost Of Stalingrad”. He has since continued posting on Punkas, now under the name STALIN.

In order to boost his credentials, George has also claimed (on Darpism) to have been a former South African policeman who enjoyed “hunting kaffirs”. In reality, George sees plenty of Maori and Polynesian people every day, in his job as a bus driver.

Isn’t it sad that a man of his age is seemingly so lost in a fantasy world?

Steve Larsen

Steve Larsen

Steve is an extremely paranoid Nazi from Alicetown, a small suburb near Upper Hutt.

Sporting tattoes up his arms, he could appear mildly intimidating to some at first. Once you realise, however, that he’s just another Nazi with a drinking problem, any such feelings are quickly erased.

Steve was formerly the “intelligence” officer for the NZNF, a role which he has continued in New Right. In other words, Steve is a lonely old man with nothing better to do than spend his time trawling the internet for information on “lefties” and “multiculturalists”. Considering how little he knows, perhaps it’s time for New Right to get someone new?

Kerry Bolton

Kerry Bolton

Kerry Bolton, New Zealand’s favourite satanist Nazi nutter, is a person who has already been profiled numerous times on FDB!, so we won’t say anymore just now.

Instead, see our previous posts.

Kathy Thomson

Kathy Thomson is best known for complaining that she wasn’t allowed into an anti-racism meeting in Newtown, Wellington in 2004. We’re not sure why she complained – surely the partner of New Zealand’s longest running Nazi (Kerry Bolton) shouldn’t have any expectations of not being recognised. Still, to be going out with Kerry, Kathy must be delusional!

Melanie Short

Melanie, while not officially a member of New Right, is a steadfast supporter. She is best known to FDB’s after she was “outed” on Leftywatch as a rabid communist, which, of course, she is not.

In real life Melanie is known for rescuing Cale Olsen after he foolishly attacked several people at an anti-racist demonstration in Wellington in 2004.

Unknown New Right Member

Here at Fight Dem Back!, we aren’t afraid to show that there are a small amount of people in the Nazi scene that we just don’t know that much about. This guy is one of them.

He’s been involved in protests for the NZNF and now is one of the brave leafleteers of New Right. If you know anything about him, please let us know.


Trevor Loudon – Once a nutter, always a nutter

May 24, 2006

So, my previous post on Trevor Loudon, ACT's vice-president, generated a hell of a lot of comments on this blog. You should at least read the initial post before this one, but reading the comments, Trevor's half-arsed reply and maybe even the feature on Aotearoa Indymedia in order to see where this story is at.

Trevor offers a few answers. I'll go through them here.

One is that the claim of ties and expulsion is a total fabrication on the part of the author/authors, or Mr Zandbergen.

He manages to extrapolate this sentance into two more or less identical possibilities – ie, either the NZ Herald or New Force were lying when they talked about ZAP (and their front group TRIM)'s ties to New Force.

As mentioned numerous times in comments on both blogs, Paul Spoonley (a sociologist at Massey University) published a book called The Politics of Nostalgia on fascism/racism in Aotearoa/New Zealand. This book talks at length about ZAP and it's ties to the fascist extreme right in Christchurch (where ZAP was founded). Combine that with the NZ Herald article, and I think you can clearly see that ZAP and New Force had links of some sort.

Trev then goes on, trying to find more excuses – first, maybe New Force, as a pseudo political party, recieved a letter from TRIM or maybe it was even personal correspondance from a member of ZAP/TRIM. These explanations are simply too stupid to even bother refuting – even fascists know the difference between membership/support and a personal letter or lobbying propaganda.

Next, Trevor attempts to compare ZAP to the Catholic Church (talk about ego!) and states that just as 1 or 2 rogue Catholics can't be taken to represent the Church, neither can 1 or 2 rogue fascists be taken to represent ZAP.

A commenter on this blog, Scott, put it well when he stated

Anyone who reads Spoonely’s account of the far right scene in Chch in the 70s and 80s and the rise of ZAP and its front group TRIM can see that the organisations were completely centralised, based as they were on the authority of the bizarre John Dahlhorf, who was known to his disciples as John Ultimate. Spoonely quotes several primary documents, including a letter from Ultimate to his folowers, which make his absolute authority clear (in the letter he talks of reading group members’ minds in his dreams).

The notion that a significant number of members of a tiny, close-knit, centralised froup like ZAP were involved in New Force/the NWP without the say-so of Ultimate is not credible.


ACT Vice President to quit?

May 10, 2006

A while ago, Trevor Loudon, ACT Vice President and member of the Zenith Applied Philosophy cult, said the following on his blog in response to a question from possible Green party future co-leader Russel Norman.

Russel; Were you aware of the association between ZAP and the fascist Nationalist Workers Party?

Trevor; No Russel and neither are you. There never have been any such links. I am willing to bet my membership and position in ACT against your membership and position in the Green Party, that you have no credible proof of such allegations.

At the time, I mentioned a newspaper article that proved the links between ZAP and Kerry Bolton's fascist party. Trevor continued to deny all links. Unfortunately, I couldn't scan and post the article as it was packed somewhere in a box. I've got it again now though, and while I don't have a scanner, I thought I would reproduce it in full below. The article is from the New Zealand Herald, 20/06/1983 (page 2).

NAZIS, ZAP AND TRIM OUT

One of New Zealand's small but active ultra-conservative groups has expelled "nazi elements" and other extreme right-wingers in an attempt to improve it's image.

The group, New Force, has also expelled sympathisers of two Christchurch-based organisations, Zenith Applied Philosophy and Trim, the Tax Reduction Integrity Movement.

The national director of New Force, Mr B.W. Zandbergen, said last night that youths from the New Zealand Nazi Party had attached themselves to New Force, giving his organisation a bad name.

As well, sympathisers of Zap and Trim had threatened to defect to the proposed new party of Wellington businessman Mr Robert Jones, unless New Force swung behind their free-market, laissez faire philosophies.

Wrong Idea

"These people (Zap, Trim and the Nazi youths) have got the wrong idea of what New Force was about." Mr Zandbergen said in Wellington.

"It was useless to argue with them, so we have cut our ties."

Mr Zandbergen said New Force in future would be known as the Nationalist Workers Party, in order to identify it more readily as a party devoted to being an alternative to "world communism and world capitalism".

New Force, one of about a dozen groups active on the far right wing of New Zealand politics, was founded about 1980 after earlier unsuccessful attempts to form a local version of the British National Front.

One of its founders, Mr Kerry Bolton, of Wellington, who is now chairman of the New Force directorate, in December 1980 formed a New Zealand branch of what is known as the Church of Odin.

A paper published by Mr Bolton, seeking members of the Church of Odin, was strongly anti-semitic, preached white supremacy and had the catchline "Odinism: The white man's religion".

Mr Zandbergen stood for Parliament for New Force in Western Hutt in 1981, on a platform which included repatriation of Pacific Islanders. He got 30 votes.

Last night, Mr Zandbergen said he hoped the expulsion of extreme right elements would help to make New Force more respectable.

"When Bob Jones first announced the possibility of establishing a free enterprise party, this faction threatened to break with New Force, in favour of Jones, unless New Force made a committment to the free-market philosophy." he said.

Bob Jones

"These elements have been identified and expelled. Bob Jones is welcome to them."

Mr Jones was astonished last night when told of the comments made by Mr Zandbergen.

"I have had letters from these people (Trim and Zap) from time to time, but I don't know anything much about them." he said.

Mr Jones said his proposed party would not be right-wing. It would follow the principles on which the National Party was founded. He considered himself a liberal and did not support a laissaz faire system.

"They ought to read what I have been saying about politics before they bring me into it."

So, Trev, there's the link proven. You are part of a cult that was too nutty for even Kerry Bolton, New Zealand's longest running Nazi nutter!

I eagerly await news of your resignation.


Book Review: Fuhrer-Ex

May 4, 2006

So, last night I went to bed and opened up Fuhrer-Ex by Ingo Hasselbach, excited to have a new book to read after a few days without anything. This morning, I finished the book, after being so engrossed that I read right through the night without sleeping!

Fuhrer-Ex is the true story of Ingo Hasselbach’s life, from his early days in East Germany as a punk to his prison sentances and steady decline into neo-Nazism. Hasselbach rose fast in the ranks, and by the time the Berlin Wall fell (3 days after he’d escaped to West Germany!) he was the “Fuhrer of the East”, with only Michael Kuhnen above him.

After Kuhnen’s death from AIDS, Hasselbach assumed an even greater prominence in a movement whose profile was steadily rising in Germany following a number of attacks on immigrants, including firebombings, and multiple streetfights and firebombings against anarchist anti-fascist activists.

However, all was not going according to plan for Hasselbach, who steadily became disillusioned with his ideals and the other people in the movement. This culminated in a resignation video televised on national German TV.

Hasselbach then suffered harrasment from his former allies, including an attempted mailbomb which almost killed his Mother (but luckily failed to detonate). Since then, Hasselbach has toured the world talking about his experiences and he has also founded a group called Exit in Germany to help neo-Nazis leave the movement.

The book is extremely well written, as evidenced by me being unable to put it down. It manages to convey the seriousness of what went on, without depressing the reader unbearably, and includes some highly amusing segments as well. For anyone with an interest in fascism or anti-fascism I cannot reccomend this book highly enough, and even if you’re not, I would still reccomend it as a great read!


I should be happy, right?

November 30, 2005

As you may have heard, Jason Molloy & Ross Baumgarten were sentenced to prison yesterday for attacking 7 Auckland Mosques and shooting at pedestrians with a BB gun.

Now, those of you that know me know that one of the things I do a lot of is anti-fascist activism. So, you would probably think I’d be happy with the events at hand, right? Well, so did I.

On September 28th, I wrote the following on the Fight Dem Back! forums:

I believe the police are an inherently oppressive arm of an inherently oppressive force (the state). I believe jails are a fundamentally flawed concept that neither serve the offender or the victim adequately.
However, when I heard Jason and Ross were arrested and will likely be going to jail, I was (and still am) happy.
How do I reconcile those two thoughts? Essentially, it is with a similar thought pattern to that which Duck Monster stated it.

The state is a far bigger threat to all of us, a far more oppressive force, than a few random boneheads. However, it is a threat in a different, much less overt, sense. That does not mean, however, that the boneheads do not need to be opposed.

Unfortunately, in our current societies in Aotearoa and Australia, the most effective means for shutting down the boneheads are via the mainstream media and the police. We are (generally speaking, although there are exceptions) not in a situation where physically smashing them on the streets would be a productive method – on the contrary, it would likely be counterproductive and lead to reprisals against immigrant communities (who generally would not have been involved in anti-fascist activity).

Essentially, my thoughts in a nutshell are – fight the boneheads with the best tools available (one of which is FDB). Outside of anti-fascist activity, I will also continue to fight the state and the consumerist way of life, with the best tools I see for that fight.

Later, in reply to the question “Assuming they go down, what do you think they’ll be like when they get out? Better?”, I replied:

Nope, they’ll likely be much, much worse. That is, if they come out alive. I guess it’s just my bitter and twisted side that allows me to find happiness in their being beaten up.

Since writing that however, as time has passed, as Jason and Ross plead guilty and as they came closer and closer to their sentancing date, the “bitter and twisted” side of me that allowed me to enjoy their suffering became smaller and smaller, which is probably a good thing.

Don’t get me wrong – Jason and Ross are arseholes of the highest order. The question has to be though – what do we stand to gain by sending them to jail? And the (perhaps more important) follow up question – what do we stand to lose?

There can be no doubt that while they are in jail, they will be beaten. When Jason spent time in remand during the course of the case, he was beaten so badly that the Judge had no real choice but to bail him to his family in Gore. The general population of Mount Eden (where I assume they will go) will know who they are, what their views are and what they did to get into prison. The large number of Maori and Pacific Island prisoners (and likely a large proportion of Pakeha inmates) will not feel kindly disposed towards them, and understandably so.

Jason and Ross are entering jail with large prejudices against people of colour. These prejudices will only be reinforced by the fact that many of those people will likely attack Jason and Ross. Thus, it becomes somewhat of a self-perpetuating cycle, ever increasing in magnitude.

So, in a year (or possibly less with good behaviour?), when the two get out of jail, their prejudices will likely have increased, and in all likelihood will go on to further attacks, whether they be against immigrants or Maori or anti-racist activists.

In that situation, nobody wins.

So, what were the other options? Some Muslim organisations were calling for community service. While this perhaps might have worked, I feel that in all likelihood, Jason and Ross would have seen it as forced labour (which it essentially would be), and probably would have only resented those who they would blame for causing it. If the community service was working to help the Islamic community they damaged, or if their supervisors were immigrants or Maori, then this would have only futher dragged them down the path of race hate.

So, what is the solution? Perhaps the most tragic part of this is that I’m not sure. What I do know, however, is that the chances of the so-called “justice” system having the desired effect are pretty damn close to zero.

Who then is to blame? Like Ross’ mother, who was interviewed recently (“My son the little race hate foot-soldier”, Sunday Star Times 27/11/2005), I lay the blame squarely at the feet of the older Nazis such as Kerry Bolton, Kyle Chapman and Sid Wilson.

“These are impressionable young minds they’re moulding into their way of thinking, their little foot-soldiers,” she said of the Front.

“These are old men running this, and these young ones are like sponges, soaking it all up.”

These people are the ones who provoke attacks such as Jason and Ross’. They have been involved for years, sometimes decades, and have enough of a brain to know that they dont want to risk getting arrested themselves. So, instead, they pump their vile hatred into the impressionable minds of teenagers, especially outcasts, who, having no other friendship/support network to fall back on, are much more receptive to this message of hate. Then, when attacks and arrests occur, these older Nazis claim “It’s not our fault! We never told them to attack a Mosque”. While that might be true (although in some cases even this is debatable), they create a situation where these kids have no outlet for their anger but physical damage, whether it be to buildings or people.

The macho aggressive culture that is bred and encouraged in all Nazi movements can only serve to create more Jason Molloys and Ross Baumgartens. As long as people such as Kerry, Kyle and Sid are left alone, we’ll be seeing plenty more where this came from.


Neo Nazi Youths Arrested For Shooting

July 27, 2005

On Thursday last week, Jason Molloy and Ross Baumgarten were arrested in Auckland. The charges thusfar? Unlawful possession of a firearm and presenting a firearm. Jason and Ross weren’t just two random kids out for a joy-shooting however.

Jason is the former long-time webmaster for the National Front, who made a large habit of issuing death threats to people online, including myself. Ross is also a long time National Fronter, who recently has held the position of Youth Representative, and was helping new Fuhrer Sid Wilson to rebuild the group following Kyle Chapman’s move to the Direct Democracy Party.

I would just like to announce the fact that I am currently laughing very hard at the sheer stupidity of these two, and my joy that they will both likely be going to jail. Some might see this as gloating, and that would be perfectly fair, because it is.

Ah, ain’t it great when other people fuck themselves up and save you the time and effort of doing it yourself?

Thanks, boys!

Edit – I can also now reveal that while Ross was released on bail pending a court date next month, Jason was not and is currently sitting in prison up in Auckland.


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