M-TH: VB: !*Racism, neo-nazis take root in New Zealand immigrant bashing

Robert Malecki malecki at algonet.se
Wed Dec 31 22:30:16 MST 1997



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>>NEW ZEALAND
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>>Saturday, November 29, 1997
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>>Upsurge in racism worries authorities
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>>By DAVID BARBER, Herald Correspondent in Wellington
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>>A spate of attacks on refugees and immigrants from Asia, Africa and the
>>Middle East, along with the emergence of a neo-Nazi white supremacist
gang,
>>have focused attention on increasing racism in New Zealand.
>>
>>A black Englishman and Pakistani, Somali and Iraqi families have all been
>>victims of racist attacks in Christchurch and Wellington in recent weeks.
>>
>>The Race Relations Office is threatening to take the Auckland-based
>>neo-Nazi group Unit 88, which idolises Adolf Hitler, to court for
>>distributing pro-white and anti-semitic literature. Unit 88 is launching
an
>>apparent nationwide drive for members.
>>
>>Such events have shocked many New Zealanders, who traditionally pride
>>themselves on living in a harmonious multicultural society.
>>
>>Racial tensions have risen in recent years following a wave of Asian
>>immigration. One in four New Zealanders are now non-European, according to
>>the 1996 Census.
>>
>>Authorities were concerned by a series of attacks and abuse on four Iraqi
>>refugee families by three Maori teenage girls at Lower Hutt, near
Wellington.
>>
>>The Iraqis were forced to flee their homes and settle in another suburb.
>>
>>The Minister for Maori Affairs, Mr Tau Henare, condemned the attacks. But
>>another Maori MP, Mr Tutekawa Wyllie, questioned the wisdom of placing
>>refugee families in areas with high Maori and Pacific Islander
populations.
>>
>>He said immigrants and existing ethnic communities could find it difficult
>>to relate, and predicted the problem would grow.
>>
>>The worst attacks have been in the South Island city of Christchurch,
where
>>gangs of skinheads have earned it the label of New Zealand's racist
capital.
>>
>>In one case, a Somali family's home was firebombed. In another, a
Pakistani
>>mother had her veil torn off and her baby pushed into the gutter.
>>
>>A week ago, about 5,000 people turned out for an anti-racism rally in the
>>city's main square, organised to show solidarity with victims and denounce
>>racial prejudice.
>>
>>A similar rally will be held in Wellington on Monday, organised by the
>>Jewish Council, following a police warning that Unit 88 was trying to
>>establish a branch in the capital.
>>
>>Police said the gang, which reportedly has bases in several cities on both
>>islands, was circulating literature urging members to "waste" non-whites.
>>
>>One pamphlet said: "We have a youth division. We want to teach them to
keep
>>their blood pure, to keep ancestral lines pure. This is not racist - this
>>is purist."
>>
>>Police said undercover intelligence officers were also monitoring several
>>other racist organisations in Auckland and Christchurch.
>>
>>One Auckland group is suspected of being linked to attacks and graffiti
>>against Asian immigrants.
>>
>>Membership numbers are not large, but police are worried about the growth
>>of skinhead gangs in high schools and an increasing amount of "white
power"
>>propaganda on the Internet, where they have identified more than 100
>>objectionable sites.
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