White su­prem­a­cist poster shock at uni

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White supremacy pro­pa­ganda has been plas­tered across Univer­sity of Auck­land just weeks af­ter a con­tro­ver­sial ‘Euro­pean Club’ for stu­dents dis­banded.

Posters went up overnight on March 20 along Sy­monds St and other ar­eas on cam­pus call­ing for the preven­tion of ‘‘white geno­cide’’.

White su­prem­a­cist group ’’Western Guard’’ is be­hind the posters.

The posters have the phrases ‘‘white lives mat­ter’’, ‘‘let’s take our coun­try back’’ and ‘‘Hey white man! Only you can pre­vent white geno­cide.’’

Dr Thomas Gre­gory, a lec­turer in pol­i­tics and in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions at the univer­sity, said he spent his morn­ing pulling down the posters.

The posters ap­peared just weeks af­ter a Euro­pean Club had to for­mally dis­band amid claims of white na­tion­al­ism and al­leged threats of vi­o­lence.

Univer­sity of Auck­land Stu­dent’s As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Will Matthews said peo­ple put posters up on cam­pus all the time.

‘‘We can’t stop peo­ple putting posters up, but the univer­sity has in­structed se­cu­rity to take any of­fen­sive ones down,’’ he said.

Matthews said the posters were an iso­lated in­ci­dent and could be in re­sponse to the Euro­pean Club.

‘‘If we get wind of of­fen­sive or racist groups on cam­pus we’ll take ac­tion im­me­di­ately.’’

The Euro­pean Club re­jected ac­cu­sa­tions of racism, how­ever its use of Celtic sym­bols, com­monly used by white su­prem­a­cist groups sug­gested oth­er­wise.

The Western Guard, through an anony­mous spokesper­son, said the so­ciopo­lit­i­cal cli­mate in New Zealand, and many other western coun­tries was anti-white.

‘‘It’s time white peo­ple started

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White su­prem­a­cist posters ap­peared on Auck­land Univer­sity cam­pus on Mon­day morn­ing.

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