Newsgroups: alt.conspiracy,can.general,soc.culture.canada Subject: Metzger opens hate line in Vancouver, B.C. Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Followup-To: alt.conspiracy Organization: The Old Frog's Almanac, Vancouver Island, CANADA Keywords: Metzger File: fascism vancouver.0493 Last-modified: 1993/04/17 XRef: index fascism White supremacist group links Vancouver phoners to neo-Nazi bulletin board The Canadian Press ------------------ 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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