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White supremacist group links Vancouver phoners to neo-Nazi bulletin
board

The Canadian Press
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Vancouver

The U.S. white supremacist group White Aryan Resistance (WAR) has moved
into Vancouver with a new electronic bulletin board.

It links Vancouver into a North American network of telephone lines
operated by white supremacist groups, which use them as a key
organizing tool.. WAR is generally regarded as the leading U.S. neo-Nazi
group.

Efforts to shut down British Columbia's first so-called hate line, the
Canadian Liberty Net, have bogged down in lengthy federal human rights
hearings.

The new line, operated by WAR founder Tom Metzger, carries an
anti-immigration message that says Vancouver is threatened by
overpopulation, pollution and "forests stripped to build more homes for
newcomers."

The line refers callers to WAR's main phone line in southern California,
whose recordings are loaded with anti-black and anti-Jewish messages. It
also provides telephone numbers for similar phone lines throughout the
United States.

The Vancouver line's number is being spread by the Canadian Liberty Net,
whose own recorded message this week calls for Canadian society to be
dominated by "one culture... which is 100-per-cent white."

All three lines openly refer to themselves as racist, racialist or white
supremacist.

The Canadian Human Rights Commission will investigate whether the
Liberty Net is violating human rights law or breaching a Federal Court
injunction by promoting the WAR line, said David Hosking, the
commission's regional director.

The court ordered the Liberty Net last year to tone down its messages
while a human rights tribunal determined whether they spread hate on the
basis of race or religion.

The tribunal finished its hearings late last summer, but still hasn't
issued a ruling.

Commission officials in Ottawa and Vancouver said Wednesday they did not
know when the tribunal will rule.

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