Colourful, vibrant Aotearoa rally condemns Trump’s ‘racist, Islamophobic’ bans

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Quote: “They continue a pattern of white supremacist immigration exclusion in colonial settler countries like the United States. Bill English refusing to call it for what it is – racist – is a dangerously weak response and doesn’t represent the people of Aotearoa.”

Video and images by the Pacific Media Centre’s Del Abcede. Video: Café Pacific

From Asia Pacific Report

MORE than 2000 people have taken part in a colourful and vibrant  “Aotearoa Against Muslim Ban” march in New Zealand’s largest city to condemn the “racist and Islamophobic” immigration bans ordered by US President Trump.

The protest rally was held in Auckland’s Aotea Square yesterday in solidarity with those affected by President Trump’s executive orders to implement a 90-day ban on people from seven Muslim majority countries and 120 day ban on all refugees, with an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees.

The Aotearoa Against Muslim Ban coalition condemned the US bans ordered by Trump.

“These border policies are racist, Islamophobic and unacceptable,” said Mehwish, one of the organisers of the “No Ban, No Wall” protest.

“They continue a pattern of white supremacist immigration exclusion in colonial settler countries like the United States. Bill English refusing to call it for what it is – racist – is a dangerously weak response and doesn’t represent the people of Aotearoa.

“Globally, there is an increase in Islamophobia that marginalises and advocates violence against Muslim communities. ‘Scary step towards facism’.”

Fahad, another organiser of the protest, said: “Singling out Muslims and people from specific Muslim-majority countries is a scary step towards fascism.”

Another organiser, Nisha, said: “We should not see the executive orders in isolation. Deportations and immigration restrictions have been in place for years.

“Rather than seeing Trump as an exception to the rule, we need to question the political and systematic racism that treats minorities, people of colour and immigrants as the ‘dangerous others’.”

Aotearoa Against Muslim Ban calls for the New Zealand government to increase the refugee quota, oppose and divest from wars in the Middle East, provide adequate resources for migrant and refugee communities and condemn these racist and Islamophobic immigration bans.

Amnesty International in yesterday’s protest. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

The antidote for “Fear, Anger,Hate”. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

“Be brave”. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

“Build bridges, not walls.” Image” Del Abcede/PMC

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Dr David Robie is professor of journalism and director of AUT University’s Pacific Media Centre. He is a strong advocate of independent media at the country’s journalism schools. David has published the media transparency blog Café Pacific since 2006. - See More

10 Comments

  1. Afewknowthetruth says:

    At the moment it is very easy for affluent people who are sucking at the teat of the globalised oil economy and living in overpopulated cities like Auckland to focus their minds and actions on ‘human rights’.

    It will be a very different matter around five years from now, when global oil extraction significantly fails to meet demand and the food supply has begun its inevitable terminal decline.

    In the meantime, the last thing ANY nation needs is more people (the possible exception being indigenous tribes that have been decimated by the expansion of the globalised industrial system into their lands and are facing complete extinction. And they don’t need immigrants.)

    Oh well, until the shit actually hits the fan (2018? 2020?) the delusions most people have about the future will be maintained. Ignorance is bliss, and all that.

    What is really interesting is that most Europeans agree with a ban on Muslim migrants.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-07/55-europeans-agree-trump-muslim-immigration-should-be-banned

  2. Harry says:

    Pointless posturing, complete with cries of “racist, “Islamophobia” etc. No country is obliged to admit immigrants or refugees. Let muslims go to muslim countries oh wait, muslim countries don’t want refugees. Total number of refugees taken in by Saudi Arabia = zero.

    • Sam Sam says:

      Total number taken by New Zealand, less than 200

    • Sally's Husband says:

      ” Total number of refugees taken in by Saudi Arabia = zero.”

      You should seriously check your facts before posting your bullshit, Harry. Accordinging to a recent story in the Huffington Post –

      “With Saudi Arabia’s non-signatory status, the Syrians residing in Saudi Arabia are classified as “Arab brothers and sisters in distress” instead of refugees covered by UN treaties. According to Nabil Othman, the UNHCR regional representative to the Gulf region, there were 500,000 Syrian refugees in Saudi Arabia at the time of his statement. The government itself of Saudi Arabia has stated that it has, over the past five years since the start of the conflict hosted 2.5 million refugees.”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anhvinh-doanvo/europes-crisis-refugees_b_8175924.html

      2.5 million refugees is a bit bigger than your “zero”.

  3. Priss says:

    I wish I could’ve attended. >mcsadface<

    Thank you for the report, Dr Robie. Good to know that resistance to fascism is alive and growing.

  4. Tom Gardner says:

    To quote Winston: we want immigrants that NZ needs, not those who need NZ.

    • Mike in Auckland says:

      Careful with that, it may soon read: “We want citizens we need, not citizens who need our state”.

      There come the welfare cuts and beneficiary bashing, yet again.

    • Priss says:

      Winston? Really? You’re quoting another populist xenophobe to justify the Overlord xenophobe who now rules Amerika?

      Oh lordy, things are getting weirder by the moment.

  5. Andy says:

    NZ deports law abiding immigrants who have overstayed.
    The USA wants to control its borders, in line with statements made by previous Democratic presidents such as Bill Clinton

    But it’s different now. Everyone is racist, xenophobic, and an actual Nazi

    Except us, of course

    • Sally's Husband says:

      “The USA wants to control its borders, in line with statements made by previous Democratic presidents such as Bill Clinton”

      Why do you have to point to Bill Clinton to justify Trump’s xenophobia? Can’t Trump stand by his own actions?



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