FightDemBack is a volunteer based, non-party-political public service ‘organisation’ (we’re really rather ad-hoc) which, in the public interest, collects, collates and disseminates information regarding racist, neo-nazi and other far-right actors and activity in Australia and New Zealand.
FDB provides background information to multicultural support organisations, media and law enforcement in the pursuit of helping revisionists and xenophobes get the attention they so richly deserve and desperately desire. We do kinda wonder why nazis hate us so much when we help them in our very special way. You’d think they’d be sending us a bit of dough!
The following is a sample summation of what we get up to, in this case a banner year for FDB:
After many years of dormancy, 2004/05 has seen a drastic upsurge in the activity of race-hate groups in both Australia and New Zealand.
In Western Australia, Jack Van Tongeren and his associated Australian Nationalist Movement thugs embarked on a massive campaign of racial violence and vandalism. A campaign which saw a number of their members put behind bars.
In New Zealand, the National Front gathered the dregs from ten years of racialist inactivity and united them under the one banner. As expected, the re-emergence of Kerry Bolton and his head bovver boy, Kyle Chapman also coincided with physical assaults on refugees and on Maori cultural symbols.
In Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle, the notorious Jim Saleam was back to his old tricks with a new group of impressionable youth under his wing, the Patriotic Youth League. Re-hashed National Action stickers and posters began popping up and in Newcastle at-least, physical assaults on international students followed.
All was looking good for the racists until a dedicated group of activists from both New Zealand and Australia came together to Fight dem back!.
In part, we have ‘the fash’ to thank for fostering our trans-Tasman cooperation as a cornerstone of recent racist activity was the unification of Aussie and Kiwi nationalist groups:
Of course, the main thrust of our trans-Tasman unity can be found within the Anzac spirit. We take inspiration from our forebears who fought side-by-side against the scourge of Nazism and seek to honour their memory by fighting back against the modern day adherents of this poisonous ideology.
Hollow words these are not. Twelve months of campaigning from FDB members and associates has yielded some outstanding results:
The New Zealand National Front chased out of Wellington during the “biggest event in NZ white nationalist history”.
A number of ANM activists brought to justice over racial vandalism.
An unprecedented level of trans-Tasman organisation that may now see visa regulations under review for race-hate activists seeking to travel between our two countries. See FDB discussing this issue on TVNZ news. Download video patch here.
The complete disbanding of the Australian National Front Youth.
The complete disbanding of the New Zealand Ground Training Club (the “Lemons and Gravel Boys”).
A large part of our success lies in scratching the surface of any ‘nationalist’ and ‘patriotic’ group and revealing the hardcore racist within.
There are some on the racist-right who contend that Fight dem back! is a campaign against free speech. We fully accept that freedom of speech is a fundamental human right, but one that shouldn’t be abused. If you argue that you should be allowed the freedom of speech to promote policies that deny that very same right on the basis of skin colour or nationality, then actually no, we don’t believe you have a legitimate complaint when your posters are torn down and your meetings picketed.
FDB comprises people from many cultural and political backgrounds. We are a melange of various left-leaning groups, religious and cultural groups, unions, mums, sons, dads and daughters.
We are brought together by the strong belief that all people, regardless of race, religion or creed, are created equal and by our uniform opposition to all groups who would seek to propagate racial hate and division.
Our members reflect the intrinsic benefits of multicultural understanding and tolerance. We are Muslim, Jew and Christian; Anglo, Asian, and African; blackfella and whitefella; Maori and Pakeha; Aussie and Kiwi — together.