Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Farage fans greeted by boos, cheers at Auckland event

Nigel Farage's fans greeted by boos, cheers at Auckland event

Anneke Smith, Journalist

Ticket holders who showed up to Nigel Farage's speaking event in Auckland last night were met with a crowd of screaming protesters.

Comedian Guy
Williams at the protest. Photo: RNZ/Anneke Smith.

Comedian Guy Williams at the protest. Photo: RNZ/Anneke Smith.

The former Ukip leader spoke at Auckland's Pullman Hotel as part of his week-long speaking tour of Australia and New Zealand.

The British politician, well-known for his immigration conservatism, has been credited with kick-starting Brexit.

Protesters camped outside the hotel entrance last night and screamed "shame" and "traitor" at those who entered.

Green MP Golriz Ghahraman told the crowd his views weren't welcome in New Zealand.

"When people like Nigel Farage come here, and they want to tell us who gets to have rights here and who gets to be included, I just want to remind him, and I might have to use a dirty old C word, that we've already suffered under the kind of vile rhetoric that politicians like him espouse. That word is colonisation."



Booing erupted when New Conservative Deputy Leader Elliot Ikilei, who took part in last month's free speech debate with Don Brash, arrived at the event.

New Conservative
Deputy Leader Elliot Ikilei. Photo: RNZ/Anneke Smith.

New Conservative Deputy Leader Elliot Ikilei. Photo: RNZ/Anneke Smith.

Many ticket holders laughed and clapped as they walked through the protest.

A handful pulled the finger or yelled profanities and one woman furiously waved English flag at the crowd.

Joe Goodin from New Plymouth was the only ticket holder who stopped to speak with the protesters, interrupting Golriz Ghahraman's speech at one point.

"I don't care what religion you're from, what planet you're from or what race you're from. It doesn't matter a damn. My concern is around population as a whole. That's what these people [the protestors] don't want to talk about.

"One of the things, as I understand, Nigel Farage is talking about is population control and he's talking about sovereignty. He's saying that England's identity is disappearing because of multiculturalism."

Azad Khan, from the South Auckland Muslim Association, said he was protesting for an inclusive society.

"When you talk about Nigel Farage his rhetoric is based on homophobia, islamophobia, xenophobia and anti-migrant policies. We don't need that type of rhetoric here."

Protesters at Nigel
Farage even, including Green MP Golriz Ghahraman (R). Photo:
RNZ/Anneke Smith.

Protesters at Nigel Farage even, including Green MP Golriz Ghahraman (R). Photo: RNZ/Anneke Smith.

Ms Ghahraman thanked those who turned up to protest, organised by Tāmaki Anti-Fascist Action.

"It matters to the communities that are under attack from the kind of rhetoric, from the kind of hate, that Nigel Farage profits from, that Donald Trump profits from. It matters to us that you're here for inclusion, equality and love."

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On America’s ‘Green New Deal’

‘Socialism’ is more of a political scare word than an objective condition. Even in the US, as Nate Silver’s 538 website pointed out this week there is polling evidence that modern Americans are inclined to treat socialism as meaning ‘equality’ rather than the ‘government ownership or control’ that Americans understood the term to mean back in the 1940s... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Nelson Fire And Climate Change

The Nelson fire has been a useful warning of things to come, given how climate change will (a) increase the likelihood of reduced rainfall and drought-like conditions in many parts of New Zealand, which – obviously – will raise (b) the fire danger and (c) the cost of providing the communities at risk with the enhanced firefighting capabilities that they’re going to need. More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On Listening To Ocasio-Cortez About Tax

In its attitudes to tax, New Zealand has been the last colonial outpost of Thatcherism. Change, however, may be in the air. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The US Exit From Afghanistan

To state the bleedingly obvious, US military forces have done a good deal of harm over the past 50 years from Central America to Asia to Africa. That history is now tending to obscure the harm that’s being done by the polar opposite impulse: American isolationism... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Brexit Vote Aftermath

So, what happens next? Normally when a major policy like this gets so crushingly rejected – by 230 votes, when Theresa May had reportedly been hoping for a defeat by “only” 70- 100 votes – the PM would resign and/or a fresh election called. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our History Of Selling Out The Kurds

For the past 100 years, the West has sold out the Kurds over and over again. So much so that it came as a surprise yesterday when US National Security advisor John Bolton appeared to walk back the latest act of betrayal... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog