Every now and again, for one reason or another, I’ll receive a flurry of visits to my blog from people searching for particular terms. In the last month, for example, terms like “peter watson”, “nazi leaks”, “niko puhakka”, “hammerskins”, “combat 18” and so on have generated many hundreds of visits.
During the last few days, another term has cropped up: “Martin Fletcher”.
I’m not sure why this is the case, but I know of Martin Fletcher via his involvement in the local (Sydney) far-right, principally by way of a site he established in mid-2006 named “Downunder Newslinks”. The site was dedicated to promoting White nationalism and contained some very dubious material, including but not limited to WWII-era Serbian anti-Jewish propaganda. For example:
Beyond this, in October 2006, Martin re-published a game titled “Cronulla 2230”, which celebrated the ‘White Civil Uprising’ of December 2005.
The aim of the game
The object of the game is to become the wealthiest person in the Sutherland Shire through the buying, renting, and selling of property. The gaining of such wealth will enable you to fund patriotic organisations like Australia First and the Patriotic Youth League, so they can get into parliament and Win Back Australia!
The game’s publication was subject to the usual hue-and-cry from media and political circles (which quickly subsided) but Cronulla 2230 enjoyed a long shelf-life on Martin’s site: about 5 or 6 years or so, in fact.
I was next drawn to Martin’s site in October 2007, when racist anti-Sudanese pamphlets, attributed to the Australia First Party, were “distributed in Sydney’s western suburbs and across the New South Wales Central Coast”. (The party denied responsibility.) The pamphlets contained images drawn from US neo-Nazi Tom Metzger‘s group ‘White Aryan Resistance’, a gallery of which was also re-published on Martin’s site. For example:
In September 2007, Martin suggested that anti-fascists were too busy masturbating over them to actually post photos of the members of the neo-Nazi ‘black bloc’ which had assembled at the APEC protests that year. (A more extensive gallery was published in November. Aside from Darrin Hodges and Welf Herfurth, members and sympathisers of the New Right in attendance at the rally included former Macquarie University academic Andrew Fraser.)
A year later (September 2008), Martin was at it again, this time re-publishing another game titled ‘Muslim Massacre’. My blogging about the game prompted Martin to complain about aged photos of him and to declare that he no longer drank beer.
A month later, after noting Martin’s support for semi-pro Holocaust denialist Gerald Töben in his battles with British and German authorities/ZOG, I blogged in more detail about the ‘Downunder Newslinks’ site (‘Australian News for White People’) after it was the subject of various copyright claims by media organisations. Or to put it another way: “Downunder Newslinks has been attacked by the corrupt Mainstream Media within Australia. The media outlets do not want Australians to see the truth!”
As I noted at the time, The Truth — in addition to copyright violations, Cronulla 2230 and Muslim Massacre — included The Turner Diaries, The Myth of the Six Million, The International Jew, Did Six Million Really Die? and The Protocols of Zion.
Martin, in other words, espoused anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
Muslim Massacre was again in the news in November, and I again took note of the fact that it was available for download both from Martin’s site and from that belonging to South Australian-based Creatard Colin Campbell.
Martin made a few more comments on my blog in 2008 and 2009, but as his activities were now largely confined to rabbiting on about Muslamic Ray Guns and the like — in which capacity Martin is one of a veritable army of keyboard warriors — there didn’t seem to be much point in focusing further attention on his political activities. It may, however, be worth noting that this shift from straight-forward anti-Semitism to Islamophobic posturing is part of a more general trend, much remarked-upon elsewhere, and suggestive of the dynamic and adaptive nature of contemporary fascism and right-wing populism more generally. Thus within the space of a few years Martin, like Darrin Hodges and (presumably) several other right-wing malcontents, went from being a supporter of the Australia First Party to its rivals in the Australian Protectionist Party. As part of this process, Martin gradually removed the neo-Nazi materials from his site. By at least August 2009 (and probably earlier), Martin had removed The Turner Diaries, The International Jew, The Protocols of Zion, and so on, and substituted tracts by Dennis McCormack, Jack Lang and Andrew Fraser.
Fast-forward to 2011, and the ‘Downunder Newslinks’ site (or ‘Australian Nationalist Resource’ as it was re-dubbed) is now gone. Martin continues to be online however, and the skills he honed during the period 2006–2011 promoting racism, xenophobia and the far right are now being used for commercial purposes as the owner of ‘Premium WordPress Hosting’.
I do everything that is WordPress Related. Hosting, theming, tweaking and site maintenance.
Avid PC gamer, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Unreal Tournament 3 and Team Fortress 2. Supporter of Open Source software. Forum junkie. Loves watching war movies, mainly movies involving submarines.
Martin still finds time to provide assistance to his kameraden, however, with clients including APP candidate Nicholas Hunter Folkes and APP zine Destiny.
Finally, on March 24, 2009 Martin wrote: “I really need to give you guys a new picture for your site use. That one is like 10 years old lol.” Hopefully this one will do: