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(en) New-Zeland, Aotearoa - Fairies Fighting Fascists

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>(YudA kjnis@yahoo.co.nz)
Date Tue, 26 Oct 2004 12:21:42 +0200 (CEST)


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The day started early in the morning with activists
chalking the inner city and discovering that the
National Front had delegated secretary Kerry Bolton to
stake out the Cenotaph. Fortunately anti-fascist
statements had already been left there the night
before. After leaving messages at the train station,
on Cuba Street and Manners Mall the group was followed
by someone resembling a member of the fascist National
Front, they left the scene to avoid confrontation.

At mid-morning the protesters started arriving at the
Cenotaph to take a stand against fascism. As a group
of 30 or so black clad demonstrators stood and watched
a group of around 15 people calling themselves,
‘Fairies Fighting Fascism’ arrived. They then
proceeded to climb onto the Cenotaph, dancing around,
sprinkling glitter and chanting “fairies fighting
fascists”. The black clad demonstrators then moved
forward joining the fairies in chanting “nazi scum”
and “1 2 3 4, smash the fascists out the door”. When
Kerry began to propound his racist theories the
demonstrators drowned him out, yelling
“boooooorrrring”.

When the National Front tried to make their way up to
parliament a group of anarcho/fairies formed an
impromptu blockade, linking arms across the footpath.
The National Front were then escorted up to the steps
of parliament by the police while the punks, fairies
and other protesters were herded behind a long row of
metal barriers. Those who looked boring enough to pass
as media were allowed to stay with the National Front.
One fairy was told by a cop that ‘yes, he was proud to
be defending fascists.’

After trying to listen to Kyle Chapman’s speech,
drowned out by the shouting and singing of the
anti-fascist crowd, the National Front attempted to
leave before the arrival of the multicultural march.
They made their way to the train station with a police
escort and found themselves blocked at every entrance.
>From this point on bockades sprung up spontaneously to
frustrate the National Front’s every attempt to
escape. Police seemed totally unprepared and visibly
frustrated, without the numbers to control the
situation. The National Front were eventually trapped
within the station between two lines of anti-fascists.

Just as the multicultural march reached parliament,
bringing support for those cornering the National
Front, police moved the beleaguered fascists out of
the station. They spent some time trapped against the
law school, surrounded by a crowd which grew to 150,
before moving to their cars. The crowd followed in hot
pursuit.

Then as the National Front tried to get to their cars
the crowd became angrier and blocked their exit. One
of the fascists leapt onto a car, brandishing a long
pole and providing the lasting media image for the
day. He was arrested as other NF members tried to get
away in their car through an impromptu blockade that
had been formed. They droved straight at one
anti-fascist who had to leap on the bonnet of the car
to avoid being run over. He was carried down the road
on the bonnet, before managing to leap off the car,
sustaining only minor bruises.

In a scuffle one anti-fascist was arrested, and a
group of about 50 people marched to the police station
demanding their release. The march took the road and
blocked traffic all along Lambton Quay, chanting
“whose streets? our streets!” and “free ****(the
arrestee)” at the Saturday afternoon shoppers.

A couple of NF members were sitting on the front steps
of the police station, saw this crowd arrive and
hurriedly fled into the police station before they
were spotted by the crowd, then let out he back.

When the anti-fascists arrived to demand the release
of the protester they stormed and occupied the police
station, and the police hurriedly closed up their
shutters. These were then banged on while the crowd in
the police station chanted for the release of the
prisoner.

The police then re-took the police station, arresting
one of the protesters for trespassing in a police
station, even though he was nearly out the door.

Both prisoners were charged (the other with disorderly
behaviour) then released within a couple of hours.

The Anarcho-Farie Collective

**There have been sightings since of the National
Front in New Town talking photos and following punks,
so keep your eye out and don’t be snapped.**

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