The Christchurch massacre and fascist revolutionary politics

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The manifesto posted by the accused New Zealand mass murderer isn’t just a racist, Islamophobic screed. It also puts forward an anti-egalitarian critique of capitalism and a strategy of fascist revolution through destabilizing society.

Brenton Tarrant, the man charged in the March 15 massacre at two New Zealand mosques, published an online manifesto that offers a rationale for the atrocity and urges others to follow his example. Titled “The Great Replacement” (which I’ll abbreviate to TGR), the document warrants close attention as a work of fascist ideology and propaganda, which both reflects and may help to shape political developments within the white nationalist movement internationally.

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AWSM Archives: “No Blood For Water”?

Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement

AWSM Note: Here we re-post an article that first appeared on our previous site in July 2013. It was written by our long term guest contributor ‘Pink Panther’ and looks at the geopolitical situation in Syria at that time.

Since 1975 most of the major military conflicts – Lebanon, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Afghanistan and Libya – have been civil wars. Regional or super powers have intervened supposedly to save lives and resolve each conflict. They supposedly try to do this by removing the “bad guys” but have ended up leaving the country they came in to ‘save’, an even bigger mess than it was before they intervened. Often, this is because the intervention is driven by profit or a power obsessed ideology, rather than any understanding of the real situation.

In Vietnam the conflict was not just about the imperialists/capitalists on one side and the communists on the other. It was also a war between the people who lived in the highlands and those who lived in the lowlands, a war between the Catholic minority that dominated political life in South Vietnam and the Buddhist majority and a war between a Soviet-backed elite in Hanoi and a U.S-backed elite in Saigon (today Ho Chi Minh City). Only the ideologues on both sides believed it was a war of freedom or liberation. For most people it was a pointless and incredibly expensive bloodbath that left millions of Vietnamese civilians dead and deadly ordinance lying around everywhere, which still kills hundreds of people every year.

The war in Afghanistan in the 1980s was also portrayed in a breathtakingly simplistic manner by both its supporters, who painted it as a war against communist tyranny and liberation, and one waged over gas and oil by its opponents. It was actually more a civil war between tribal groups, warlords and a puppet government backed by the Soviet Union. It was also an ethnic and sectarian conflict. In what would later rebound badly, the United States backed the Muhajadeen’s war against the communists. The superpower did this by using the Muhajadeen’s Islamic religion as a motivator to encourage a fight against the infidels in the country. The Muhajadeen not only slaughtered the more moderate elements of Afghan society but once the Soviets were gone, they imposed a theocratic regime that was far worse than anything done by the Soviet Union.

Cue forward twenty years and the United States has found itself bogged down fighting the children of those Muhajadeen fighters they trained to fight the Soviets in the 1980s. In response, the same tiresome slogans have been trotted out by liberals and elements on the Left, while the supporters of the war claim it’s a war against the bogeyman of terrorism. This is done even though none involved in the terror attack used to justify the invasion of Afghanistan – the 9/11 attacks – were Afghan nationals. Most of those involved in the attacks were from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan.

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Anarchy Camp 2019 – Rebooting Anarchism in Aotearoa

In March 2019, 50 anarchists from across Aotearoa and even further afield, gathered for the first time in a decade for discussions, strategising and building networks and relationships. Back in April 2009, the Wildcat Anarchist Collective organised a two-day conference at the Newtown Community Centre in Wellington. An anarchist bookfair was held in Wellington in 2014, but no attempt of bringing the movement together has been made for ten years.

The newly founded group Tāmaki Makaurau Anarchists has brought new energy and among its members a desire to network and collaborate with others. Together with the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement, Wellington’s Freedom Shop and Black Star Books in Dunedin, they are the only functioning explicit anarchist group on these islands at the moment (although there are others that are lingering around like Rebel Press, Communalism Aotearoa and Beyond Resistance)

The gathering was held at a marae in Parihaka, in coastal Taranaki. Parihaka has a long history of resistance to colonialism, sustainable living and community gardening. You can read more about Parihaka’s past, present and future on their website.

Between sunrise and sunset each day (with both being accompanied by karakia) we had sessions on indigenisation, feminism, environmentalism and the future of anarchism in Aotearoa.

In between these sessions, we had workshops on mental health and feminist self-defence, a tour of Parihaka, a trip to the food forest and gardening with the sun beaming down on us and mounga Taranaki looming over us.

While we didn’t solve the world’s problems, the feedback on the last day and in a subsequent questionnaire was largely positive with people keen to meet again next summer and even making it a day or so longer.

An anarchist housing network (similar to couchsurfing) was re-started at the hui and a call was made for further collaboration between existing groups. It was also clear that anti-racism, anti-fascism and working on constitutional reform is key focal point for many.

Two comrades from Collective Action, a Melbourne based anarchist group, participated in the discussions and it was great to share ideas and views on what’s happening in Australia.

All in all, the hui was a success, with old friendships being renewed and new relationships being created through kōrero and whakawhanaungatanga.

It is envisaged that these hui will take place annually from now on, as through these and other forms of anarchist gatherings and coordination, we can now safely say: anarchy has returned to Aotearoa!

Te Kaupapa Pāpori – Communalism Aotearoa

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Interview with a member of the Union of Anarchists of Iran and Afghanistan

Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement

We are used to seeing anarchism as a purely Western phenomenon. Rebellions, riots and uprisings further east are more associated with Islamists than anti-authoritarian ideas. All this generates a number of stereotypes about the inhabitants of these regions. However, it turns out that groups of anarchists exist even where American bombs fall and that people are executed for Facebook posts. Pramen interviewed the Union of Anarchists of Iran and Afghanistan.

Your group is called the Union of Anarchists of Iran and Afghanistan. What motivated you to join forces in both countries? Geographic proximity ? No language barrier? Transparency of borders? Common history?

Since anarchism leads to positions against borders and states, in the case of Iran and Afghanistan, it is important to remember that these are only names, the names of two regions. We do not justify the existence of borders and states, and we want our revolutionary demands to be universal and not related to any particular area. In general, the main reason is that comrades speak the same language and cooperate within both regions.

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A word to the fuckwits …

of Active for Plymouth

Having been sent an expose by Plymouth activists last week, (who are nothing to do with us but the source was vouched for by comrades in Bristol) we decided to publish it in full. We have not heard from them since. The follow-up here: Chairman Shopland pisses all over himself! was composed by comrades in Dorset entirely from observations of material displayed by Jason Shopland on the public internet, specifically facebook and youtube. Shopland still clings to the idea that this is something to do with the local labour party – as if they would be seen dead posting on anarchist websites!

Shopland was incensed, but completely avoided linking to the post or even mentioning the title, Chairman Shopland pisses all over himself! as he does not want his supporters to see it. Instead, he published a screenshot of part of our post, without text, showing his family tinfoil hat picture, in which we ourselves, had pixelated the faces to make them unidentifiable.

He accuses us of putting his children at risk, and In the same frame he shows our capture of his youtube video, in which he racially slurs Roma people and travellers, excuses seig heiling by his army mates, and expresses his admiration for the Ulster Volunteer Force, who were responsible for some of the most deadly incidents of the Irish troubles. We felt it essential to show the video, in order that people could check our conclusions and judge for themselves, but did not have the means to edit the viewer.

In the top left-hand corner of the video is a clearly identifiable picture of a child!

Whatever else he may be, Shopland is as thick as two short planks.

Confused: Jason Shopland

The background noise that emboldens the mad and the bad as in Aotearoa (so-called New Zealand) is maintained by those we may characterise as fuckwits, the ones who “if they had brains might be dangerous”.

Amid the homely greengrocer’s apostrophes and haphazard capitalisations are the seeds of the next holocaust. We will not let them off the hook, ever.

March Together Against Racism Wellington 18th May 2019

Wellington Against Racism and Fascism

On Saturday, 18 May, WARF is participating in the National Day of Action against fascism and racism. At 1pm that day we will be marching against racism.

If you are keen to assist in organising this event and joining in longterm planning to stop fascism, come along to our organising meetings. We are meeting at 7.30pm on Mondays at Thistle Hall.

Email us for further details fight-racism@protonmail.com or check out our facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wellyarf/ The march is also a facebook event

An Introduction to the Organised Far Right in Aotearoa/NZ

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After the terror attack in Christchurch many people have been seeking accurate information on the organised white supremacist movement in Aotearoa/New Zealand. A decade ago there was a network of activists who investigated the far right, providing intelligence and information to anti-racist organisers and the media. This network has faded away but some of us kept in contact with each other sporadically and continued to monitor far right groups. In recent days we have been overwhelmed with requests for information so we have decided to re-establish the network. This is a quick outline of the main far right leaders and organisations active in New Zealand in 2019.
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Chairman Shopland pisses all over himself!

Ha ha, we thought we were done with this story on Sunday night but events have taken a turn for the hilarious. ‘Active for Plymouth’ have taken to social media threatening to sue everybody and anybody.

With the self-confidence of a drunk urinating into a gale, Jason’s made a video defending the party, we have no hesitation in reproducing it here and urge you to watch as it tells you everything you need to know about this would-be politician.

He gets off to a shaky start, clearly he hasn’t thought it through, rambling that he knows who the author is, “a friend of the lord mayor”. Among his persecutors he lists the labour party, the ‘left wing’ of Plymouth, and the local M.P. Active for Plymouth are “just normal people not right wing or mental people or anything else like that”.

He thinks secretary Popescu is entitled to be bigoted against gypsies because he’s Romanian – apparently being racist isn’t a problem if you’re a foreigner (like say, Hitler or Hirohito) so he can say what he likes about marginalised ethnicities from his home country “… happy days”.

Before we get carried away with the comedy, imagine you’ve crossed a continent to escape persecution – and Roma folk come in for some serious persecution from European Nazis – only to find one of your persecutors has made the same journey and set up shop in your new home. We are now taking steps to alert traveller communities to the potential threat in the South West.

Anti-Roma sentiment is mainstream in Romania, whose axis government deported around 26,000 Roma half of whom died from starvation, exposure or disease. Altogether over 200,000 Roma perished in the Holocaust (Porrajmos) and at least 270,000 Romanian Jews were killed or died from mistreatment.

http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/voices/gypsies-roma-travellers-animated-history

It doesn’t matter how daft their policies are because, he mumbles, “whatever we aint gonna win anyway”.  Of UKIP, for whom he stood as a candidate, he claims he “didn’t know what they were about”,  anyway labour got to them and he left. Similarly the independents “were a bunch of arseholes” (I wonder what they think of him). Regarding the racist tweets: “that got put in the Evening Herald, and at the time supported Labour, I think they do now but I’m not gonna say that on camera”!

He goes on to explain his conspiracy theory about the N.Z. shootings before returning to the secretary’s gypsy obsession, “he doesn’t really like” them, adds another jocular “happy days” and for good measure trots out more racial stereotypes of his own to justify his traveller policy which revolves around confiscating their caravans “if that’s far right I don’t know”.

www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/the-truth-about-romanias-gypsies-not-coming-over-here-not-stealing-our-jobs

In distancing himself from Waters, he admits having discussions with her about setting up a branch of her party, then decided he “wanted nothing to do with it”, he just organised a meeting for them at a venue that cancelled “for the simple reason they don’t allow politics”, “though they do let the labour party use the place” … “and momentum”. Active for Plymouth had nothing to do with For Britain, the only similarity is the word ‘for’ – though he did nick their logo. Regarding Waters nationalism:

“that’s one of the reasons I didn’t join, I’m you know, I am pretty nationalistic”.

Shopland believes the UVF, “that is a northern Irish organisation, have more niceness about ’em than the IRA, happy days” because he was in the army. Well they were mostly on the same side. The other neo-nazis all over his facebook page are just blokes he met in the army, he doesn’t know any of them and they only seig heil at football matches to piss people off (that’s the point, Jason).

It’s possible Shopland is actually too stupid to realise he’s a fascist, but from this embarrassing performance you wouldn’t trust him to make the tea let alone take on any civic responsibility. Popescu rants that the article is being investigated by the police. Anyone who imagines they have time and resources for this sort of thing has no grasp on the realities of local administration. You could almost feel sorry for these mugs if they weren’t such spiteful bastards.

Poor Jason, he only wants to make the trains run on time and everybody’s got it in for him, he’s taking no chances with the family:

Attention: Tinfoil hat area

 

– Jo Gonmush

Anti-Fascism in Italy: Arditi del Popolo

Arditi del Popolo– the first anti-fascist organization (1921-22) from Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement

Founded in Rome at the end of June 1921 from a split in the Associazione Nazionale Arditi d’Italia by the anarchist Argo Secondari. The AdP were a physical response to the action of the fascist squads and were welcomed by all those areas which had been under the hammer of the fascist squads for months. They gained much support from the non-politicised among the working class who saw their actions as a sort of revenge and essential for their survival.

Sections of the AdP were set up in various towns throughout the country, either as new creations or often on the basis of pre- existing groups such as the Lega Proletaria [Proletarian League] (linked to the Partito Socialista Italiana [Italian Socialist Party] and the Partito Comunista d’Italia [Communist Party of Italy]), the paramilitary Arditi Rossi in Trieste, the Figli di Nessuno [Children of No-one] in Genova and Vercelli.

The government of Bonomi was worried about the rise in this phenomenon as a treaty was about to be drawn up between the socialists and the fascists (the so-called “Pacification Pact”). […]

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