Monday, March 25, 2013
Right Wing Resistance Hosts White Pride March And Rally In Christchurch, New Zealand; 80 White Patriots Show Up
On March 23rd, 2013, Right Wing Resistance hosted their annual march and rally for white pride at Abberley Park in Christchurch, New Zealand. Media reports from 3News and Seven Sharp and the New Zealand Herald claim that 50 white patriots were offset by 100 anti-racist counterprotesters, but Right Wing Resistance (RWR) says that 80 white patriots were present. The rally also enabled RWR to showcase their new black NSM-style uniforms; previously, they wore woodland camo uniforms.
Not all the white patriots were from RWR; a few were from Blood & Honour and from the National Front. RWR acknowledges a few differences with the other groups but is glad to accept their support; they don't waste much time slagging off one another on message boards. Also present to lend support was Jim Saleam of the Australia First Party, who also was there to discuss with RWR leader Kyle Chapman his plans to run for mayor of Christchurch. Some protestors tried halting the march with a sit-in along Papanui Rd, but police allowed the rally to continue alongside the road to limit any chance of physical scuffles. The two sides had another standoff at Abberley Park; police responded by forming a physical barrier to try and keep the groups apart as they continued marching towards Merivale Mall. The rally was followed by a social event featuring a multi-raffle, drinks, food and entertainment.
There was official government reaction. New Zealand Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collins, who is white, says she is disgusted to think white pride groups even exist. “Personally I’m quite embarrassed, as a Kiwi, that we have such people. But we also have free speech, and the good thing is that hardly anybody bothers to go to them”, said Collins. RWR has photos from the rally posted HERE and HERE. There's also a seven-page Stormfront thread. News video from the New Zealand Herald embedded below:
RWR was critical of Seven Sharp's coverage. They said that although the Seven Sharp article is about RWR, they only showed small amounts of 2 RWR members interviews. They also expose bias in the coverage; while they gave an Asian live air time, they only represent RWR with a very harshly edited clip. It was designed to give the message the media wanted to deliver rather than actually show what RWR was there for.
Right Wing Resistance is becoming well-established, with chapters all over New Zealand and an additional 11 chapters worldwide, including one in the United States.