- Dion: December 12, 2007: “As I stated on the [Bombshell] forum Andy, you are a liar, a hypocrite and no better than the trash that you fight against.”
A month ago Doug Smith, vocalist with local band Bulldog Spirit, declared on a local music forum that the boycott of a local pub, The Birmingham Hotel — called on the basis of its providing a venue for local neo-Nazis — had been a dismal failure. Further, he published what he claimed to be my work address. In response, I joined the forum, disputed his claim that the boycott was a failure, corrected his mistaken belief about my workplace, and further asked him what his motive was in publishing such information. For obvious reasons, Doug never answered my question, but a host of his friends subsequently engaged in a barrage of deranged abuse (‘Mark’ said “I promise you I will beat the fucking shit out of you and then make a black man take a shit in your face”; “im… going to bash you, fukn gooknigger scum” et cetera) — and otherwise demonstrated a remarkable capacity for thoughtful reflection on a serious matter.
Since then my account has been disabled.
Dion, who was one of those who disputed my argument regarding the utility of the boycott (and in fact declared that I was a piece of human garbage for promoting one), also declared that I didn’t know what I was talking about when I claimed that the neo-Nazi movement was on the rise in Russia.
The following article is therefore especially for Dion.
Hate Crimes on Rise in Russia
January 30, 2008
MOSCOW (AP) — Hate crimes in Russia have grown increasingly brutal and deadly but authorities do little to combat xenophobia, one of the country’s leading rights groups said Tuesday.
Last year, 67 people were killed and more than 550 injured across Russia in ethnically motivated attacks, a 13 percent increase on the previous year, according to the annual report by Russia’s SOVA rights center, which monitors hate crimes.
“Neo-Nazis are out not to beat up (their victims), but to kill,” SOVA’s deputy director Galina Kozhevnikova said at a news conference. There is “an obvious steady rise in racially motivated violence” and the attacks are becoming more brutal, she added.
Nationalist and neo-Nazi groups mushroomed after the 1991 Soviet collapse as a dramatic economic decline spread social frustration, particularly among youth. Xenophobia has grown alongside a massive inflow of workers from impoverished ex-Soviet republics in the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Students from Africa, visitors from Asian countries, Jews and Russian anti-Nazi activists have become frequent victims of attacks by Russian nationalists in recent years.
Rights activists say authorities have done little to combat xenophobia. Many apparent hate crimes are treated as simple hooliganism, which carries a far milder punishment. Some activists say the extreme nationalist sentiments are an outgrowth of the Kremlin’s attempts to rebuild a strong state.
Kozhevnikova said that in 2007, Russian courts delivered only 24 convictions related to hate crimes.
In one positive sign however, the report said in 2007 authorities prosecuted leaders of several regional nationalist organizations for spreading xenophobic materials.
Kozhevnikova said authorities turn a blind eye to the ultranationalists’ actions, including public marches, “as long as they abide by certain rules: do not criticize authorities, show loyalty and stick to city outskirts.”
While pro-democracy opposition groups are denied permission to hold rallies in Moscow, authorities allowed about 5,000 nationalists to march in the capital in November, raising their right hands in a Nazi salute and chanting “white power!”
“The most worrying trend is that pro-Kremlin organizations are beginning to actively use the methods of ultra-right groups,” Kozhevnikova said.
She said the best known pro-Kremlin youth group, Nashi, used ethnic and racist slogans, such as “We won’t let migrants rule (Russia),” in the run up to December parliamentary elections.
Nashi spokeswoman Kristina Potupchik denied that her organization uses racist slogans, saying in fact that part of Nashi’s agenda was to fight xenophobia.
The government did not immediately comment on the SOVA report. Maxim Karyakin, a duty officer for the Prosecutor General’s office, said the office had not seen the report though prosecutors were invited to the news conference.
In the past, President Vladimir Putin has publicly condemned the rise of hate crime, xenophobia and neo-Nazism and called on prosecutors to do more to fight extremism.
Locally, white supremacists belonging to the Australia First Party — most recently embroiled in controversy over the predilection of a Queensland leader’s expressed appreciation for being “pulled off by a very fit and athletic male who keeps himself in absolutely wonderful physical condition” — have had a party in Cronulla, site of the “White civil uprising” of December 2005 in which dozens of random strangers were attacked for not being White.
Anti-migrant party seeks support near Cronulla
January 29, 2008
A political party that wants to end immigration and multiculturalism used the Australia Day long weekend in a bid to recruit new members in the Sydney suburbs surrounding Cronulla, site of the city’s 2005 race riots.
The anti-immigration Australia First party helped organise the event in the Sutherland Shire – which covers Cronulla Beach – on Saturday evening, according to spokesman Jim Saleam.
He said the event was used to try to attract supporters among young people who were still angry over what they saw as their mistreatment in the wake of the 2005 riots.
Australia First refers to the riots on Cronulla Beach – during which people of Middle Eastern appearance were verbally and physically attacked – as a “civil uprising” and likens it to the Eureka Stockade.
It wants to win a seat on the Sutherland Shire Council to fight the use of public funds to promote tolerance and multiculturalism – promotional activities that Dr Saleam calls “propaganda”.
It is also planning activities, including distributing leaflets, in the semi-rural area of Camden, where there has been community tension over plans to build an Islamic school.
The leaflets would warn that the planned school was the first step in “Islamifying Camden” and an attempt to “undermine Australian values”.
Dr Saleam described Saturday night’s party in the Sutherland Shire as “a happy, successful event”.
Thrash metal bands including the outfit Machete – which warmed up with its tune Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi at a pre-concert Australia First meeting on Saturday – played at the event, Dr Saleam said.
Invitations to the event were issued via text message, Dr Saleam said, in an apparent bid to keep police and the media away.
In 2005, text messages were used to call people down to Cronulla Beach to take part in the riot.
Although there were no incidents in Cronulla on Saturday, during a visit to the Sutherland Shire The Age was shown a separate text message purporting to come from anti-migrant sources that called for “fellow Australians . . . to protect the (Sutherland) shire” and “keep gods country wog free”.
The message – passed to The Age by a Sydney resident of Turkish background who did not wish to be identified – said no “wogs” should be allowed past the bridge that separates the Sutherland Shire from other Sydney suburbs.
Note that the band Machete is originally from Canberra, they formed in 2004 from ex-SoulCrusher members Sam (bass), Garth (gits) Darren (drums) and in 2005 they recruited Brendan (ex-Deviant Plan) on vox. Judging by the fact that they’re playing gigs for Australia First, they’re career hasn’t exactly been a screaming success, and it appears unlikely that the boys will be giving up their day jobs anytime soon…
And finally, speaking of neo-Nazis and muzak, there is, of course, an ongoing boycott of The Birmingham Hotel, the venue for a number of neo-Nazi gigs in Melbourne over the course of the last ten years, and — prior to 2007 — the regular venue for the annual Ian Stuart Donaldson memorial gig. Who was Ian Stuart? According to some foreign agitators:
1) …if ian stuart was around today… people like you wouldn’t be talking you would be all scared of him and his master race.
2) @ndy. Your use value is connected to the late great Ian Stuart because people like you fail to see the greatness of people like Ian Stuart. If more people had listened to his voice whilst he was still alive, maybe England wouldn’t be the multi racial shithole that it has become. People with opinions like yours ruin countries. White Pride Worldwide.
3) hail ian stuart heroes never die 14/88
4) Ian and skrewdriver were … people who care about the white race you shitheads seig heil
5) THE MOST INFLUEN[T]IAL MAN OF THE WHITE RACE DIED AND YOU SLAG HIM AND THE FAR RIGHT OFF. “BONEHEAD” EXCUSE ME BUT WHEN CIVIL WAR BREAKS OUT I WILL NOT BE FIGHTING FOR YOU. WHITE PRIDE WORLD WIDE[!!!!] HEIL!!!!
6) i say fuck all of you white nigger lover losers niggers should be all sent back to africa niggers wont work niggers and spics and all non white races will be the downfall to this country so if your a nigger lover or a nigger fuck you and burn in hell
Well OK, strictly speaking 6) isn’t about Ian, but I think it’s kinda indicative of the kinda people who are his fans, as well as the kinda people Gary (The Birmy’s proprietor) happily allowed use of his venue for the last 10 years or so. And, of course, also illustrative of the reasons why his business should not be supported. Speaking of which, on Saturday February 9, The Beefeaters, Bulldog Spirit, Napalm Hearts and The Worst are playing @ The Birmy. On Saturday February 2, The Beefeaters will be playing @ The Tote with Mister Coffee, Wazska, Chris Royal & The Dukes, The Resignators, Final Warning and Tabasco Junkies: Final Warning and The Resignators support the boycott; The Beefeaters, unfortunately, do not.