Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Controversial Auckland University club disbands
More Leftist hate-speech
A controversial Auckland University student club is calling it quits after its members were threatened with violence and accused of racism.
The Auckland University European Students Association has withdrawn its application to affiliate with the university on the eve of Orientation Week.
Yesterday the group's plan to hold a stall and recruit members on campus next week drew widespread criticism. Many feared it was a thinly veiled white nationalist group.
But in an overnight post on its Facebook page the president of the fledgling club said it had become extremely dangerous to continue in the face of "appalling rhetoric" by people on and off campus regarding the group and what it supported.
"The constant threats to our safety, exposure of privacy, and general abuse the group and individuals have received is simply unacceptable, dangerous and extremely worrying," wrote the president, who did not give his or her name.
"It is truly saddening that these actions go entirely against what those who have had a problem with us support and promote on their respective platforms and outlets."
He said people had formed their own incorrect opinions about the group, which had never intended to be political or engage in anything other than a mutual interest in history and culture.
"However, due to an extremely high number of physical threats and severe and unfounded accusations of racism and fascism we see that the costs outweigh the benefits to taking this club any further.