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Burning New Zealand’s Flag of Shame

Posted by te2ataria on May 7, 2009

New Zealand flag burned at student meeting about Anzac Day

The New Zealand flag was set on fire today at a meeting called to resolve whether Victoria University students should lay a wreath on Anzac Day.

Joel Cosgrove, a former Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) president, burnt the flag after making a speech against New Zealand imperialism.

He and fellow Workers’ Party members Marika Pratley, a former VUWSA executive member, and Alastair Reith doused a New Zealand flag with an accelerant and lit it, student magazine Salient said.

Staff from the student bar swiftly put the fire out, and ejected Mr Cosgrove, who later told NZPA he had been served with a trespass order banning him from the Student Union building.

He did not consider his actions had endangered others, as he had taken the flag outside into the rain to prevent setting off the sprinkler system.

“The university has put a trespass order on me,” he said.

“I was making a political statement, not trying to burn down the building. I just want to go about my studies.”

VUWSA had called the meeting to debate its rejection of a Wellington City Council invitation last month to lay an Anzac Day wreath.

VUWSA executive members had felt laying a wreath would condone war, outraging students, past and present, who mounted often vitriolic attacks via the Salient magazine website.

The attempt to gauge student feeling failed to meet the required quorum of 50 students, so motions before it could not be passed.

When the floor was opened to speakers, Mr Cosgrove spoke on behalf of the Workers’ Party.

“The rhetoric of Anzac day provides justification for today’s New Zealand imperialist adventures in Afghanistan and the Pacific,” he said.

Though booed, Mr Cosgrove carried on to list conflicts New Zealand had taken part in since World War 1, Salient reported.

“The NZ flag represents both British imperialism and New Zealand imperialism contained within one entity, and for that reason we are against it,” Mr Cosgrove said, before setting the flag alight.

The Workers’ Party action was nothing to do with VUWSA, president Jasmine Freemantle said.

Student Union complex manager Rainsforth Dix told Salient the university was aware of this incident and considering what action to take.

In recent years, Valerie Morse and Paul Hopkinson have been fined for burning the New Zealand flag at protests in Wellington.

The High Court at Wellington eventually overturned Mr Hopkinson’s conviction for dishonouring the flag during a 2003 protest at Parliament.

Ms Morse was in March given permission to be heard in the Court of Appeal over her $500 offensive behaviour fine, related to her burning the flag on Anzac Day in 2007.

Copyright 3News/NZPA.

http://www.3news.co.nz/News/NationalNews/New-Zealand-flag-burned-at-student-meeting-about-Anzac-Day/tabid/423/articleID/102956/cat/64/Default.aspx

New Zealand has only one legitimate flag: Tino rangatiratanga

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A Few People Said “NO!”

Posted by te2ataria on April 29, 2009

Article was sent by a reader who walks past the War-Sick Museum every day, and who says he would one day defecate or at least puke inside the gun pictured below.

A few people among a couple of million war-sick pakeha said “NO!” to war, ANZAC day, the rape army, ‘remembrance’ and all the phallic symbols that go with it!

The following article was posted at Salient, the student magazine at Victoria University of Wellington.

VUWSA: ANZAC wreath would support war

by Michael Oliver and Jackson Wood, Fri, 24 Apr 2009

In a decision made fewer than three days out from the day itself, Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) decided to reject an invitation from the Wellington City Council to lay a wreath at this year’s ANZAC Day commemorations.

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The “how-long-is-your-dick” gun, another phallic symbol of war, displayed outside Auckland War[-Sick] Memorial Museum, New Zealand. Source: Absolute Astronomy. Image may be subject to copyright.

The decision was borne out of a desire not to “arbitrarily” observe events for which there was no formal VUWSA policy. VUWSA does not currently have a formal position on officially commemorating ANZAC Day, and this position was considered the “overarching” reason for the rejection.

VUWSA President Jasmine Freemantle said there was no “official mandate from students” to recognise ANZAC Day. She also said there would be a Special Representative Council meeting to seek this mandate from students later this year.

In 2007 exec member Heleyni Pratley laid a communist wreath on ANZAC Day, reading “To the dead and the dying in the struggle against imperialism, victory shall be theirs”. The same wording featured in the wreath laid by 1973 VUWSA President Peter Wilson in protest against the Vietnam War and again 30 years later by 2006 President Nick Kelly.


New Zealand Infantry Lemon Squeezer. Invert to use as a chamber pot in emergencies. Source: Auckland War[-Sick] Memorial Museum. Image may be subject to copyright.

The lack of policy was not the only reason a number of Exec members were vehemently against the idea of laying a wreath. Exec members said that to lay a wreath would be to condone war.

Vice President of Education, Freya Eng, expressed concern for the association’s reputation.

“I don’t want to look like we support war at all,” she said.

VUWSA’s Vice President of Administration Alexander Neilson claimed a wreath would be unnecessary.

“There’s no point in placing a wreath if it has nothing to do with students,” Neilson said during the meeting.

Neilson went on to explain that Victoria had already “done its part” to commemorate the fallen with the construction of the Memorial Theatre. He went on to suggest the possibility of laying a “small” wreath in the theatre (which is currently under construction) as recognition of students who served in the military. Also possibly holding a few moments of silence before the next meeting, “and leav[ing] it at that.”

Vic has a long and storied history of involvement in military service. Male students were required to undergo territorial training during World War II, following the completion of exams. 290 students are known to have lost their lives during the conflict.

In 1942, the Victoria University of Wellington Students Association actively engaged in raising money for the Patriotic Fund, which financed all the work done by the YMCA and the Church Army during the World War II. The association also invested in government stock.

Copyright © 2009 Salient Ltd

http://www.salient.org.nz/blog/vuwsa-anzac-wreath-would-support-war

Judging by the attitude of students who commented on the above, you could tell there’s no future for the majority of pakeha in New Zealand, or even in Australia.

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