‘Porirua cemetery set to ban gang insignia’
Alison: ‘‘If they have paid for their plot then I can’t see the problem. What’s next, all headstones to be the same shape and size and text, just insert your loved one’s name and date of passing? Also the swastika was a symbol of peace hundreds of years before the Nazis started using it.’’
Tanith: ‘‘If the family of someone was murdered or assaulted by a member of the MM, then I would sympathise with and agree with their reasons for not wanting to have a MM patch on an adjoining plot at the cemetery. However, likening their patch to the symbol of mass death and war (the swastika) is, at best, a straw person comparison.’’
Karyn: ‘‘Are you serious? Don’t try to compare yourselves to honorable men like the army, navy and airforce. These men died for our country. Not for a minority group.
In fact they died for people like the Mongrel Mob to have the freedom that they have today . . . If you seriously want to be honoured get trained and go out to countries that are war torn and fight with our army, then come back and see if you measure up in comparison.’’
James: ‘‘I don’t have a problem being buried next to a MM member, they are after all human too and have every right to be buried in accordance with this society’s customs but the issue of gang insignia, specifically used by the MM to offend ordinary society and identify them as being ‘‘separate’’ from society, marking their final resting place in a public cemetery is an altogether different issue . . . Your gang chose the most offensive insignia it could find, for the sole purpose of ‘offending’ society.
Your gang has since gone out of its way to live and behave in a manner that creates maximum offence to society.’’