‘Porirua ceme­tery set to ban gang in­signia’

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

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.’’

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