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Just reading Maclellan's comment that there are no dissidents from Aotearoa. Are we just invisible to the rest of the world? Why isn't John Minto on there?
For all those of you who don't know who John Minto is, he was the leader of HART (Halt All Racist Tours). This was of course that group behind the protests against the 1981 Springbok Tour to New Zealand. Many contempories refer to this event as almost a civil war: the entire country was divided and there was high levels of violence between the riot police and the protestors. In 2009, Minto was offered an award by the South African Government for his work in helping bring down Apartheid. He however, refused stating that they had been fighting for a better South African not for a 'select few blacks to become millionaires'.
On top of that there are all the great Maori dissidents such as Hone Heke, Potatau Te Wherowhero and Te Whiti (who adopted non-violent resistance long before Ghandi), plus all the Australian dissidents. Why are they simply ignored.
/ 02 November 2010
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