The free speech / hate speech boundary is always a difficult call. I’m glad to live in a country that tries to err on the side of the former. Even so, this shit really rankles:
Anti-Chinese leaflets spark fear and anger
A far-right Christchurch group has been condemned for circulating flyers in Auckland claiming an “Asian invasion” is taking place.
The group, which calls itself the Right Wing Resistance, has distributed “Stop the Asian Invasion” leaflets in suburbs with high Asian populations, including Pakuranga, Howick and Northcote.
Police are concerned that the campaign could lead to “racially motivated violence”, says police Asian liaison officer Raymond Wong.
The group is headed by former National Front leader Kyle Chapman. It started the campaign in Christchurch last year.
What if it escalates and someone gets hurt?
Call for calm after Asians vent anger online over racist leaflets
A senior Chinese community leader is calling for calm as emotions run deep over race-attack pamphlets and plans by a far-right Christchurch group for an anti-Asian rally. …
Thousands of Chinese have taken their anger to the allegations online, and some have suggested that it is time to strike back. Many local ethnic newspapers have also published the anti-Asian campaign as headline news.
As for the argument that migrants are taking jobs (continued from above):
The Department of Labour says new migrants contribute $1.9 billion to the economy every year, and tourists and international students a further $2.9 billion in foreign exchange. …
The Immigration Service says if immigration stopped, by 2021 New Zealand’s population would drop by 9.6 per cent, GDP would fall by 11.3 per cent, available labour would drop 10.9 per cent and the export sector would decline 12.9 per cent.
Time for the “Right Wing Resistance” to be laughed out of existence.