Community to demonstrate against Farage's racism tonight
4 September 2018
“Tāmaki Anti-Fascist Action is organising a peaceful anti-racism public demonstration outside of the Pullman Hotel on Tuesday 4 September at 7pm when UK far-right leader Nigel Farage is due to speak,” said Katjoesja Buissink, member of Tāmaki Anti-Fascist Action and spokeswoman for the demonstration.
“Speakers at our event will include Golriz Ghahraman from the Greens, Te Ao Pritchard from the Pacific Panthers, Azad Khan from the South Auckland Muslim Association, a member of Tāmaki Makaurau Anarchists, and a member of Dayenu - Jews Against the Occupation.”
“We are taking action because Farage’s anti-Semitic, Islamophobic and misogynist views are repugnant and indefensible. His scapegoating of vulnerable communities is reprehensible.”
“Nigel Farage blames the victims of our modern world for having created the problems. The real problems rest with the vast and grotesque levels of global inequality caused by capitalist exploitation, ongoing colonialism and endless wars of aggression. He doesn’t want to do anything about those things, instead he uses ‘divide and rule’ tactics to stir up hatred and fear among the white working and middle class.”
“Farage engineered the Brexit vote using scare tactics. His and Donald Trump’s politics of building fortresses with walls, fences and barbed wire around countries for economic protection that benefits the super rich relies on this kind of rhetoric to ensure the general public accepts their policies. Instead of allowing ourselves to be divided by the super-rich's racist rhetoric, we need to come together across borders, no matter our personal differences, and stand up to this kind of politics."