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When fascism was fashionable

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In 1923, a relatively unknown but soon-to-be infamous young man wrote, ‘To fight against nature is to bring about one’s own destruction’ (Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler).

Our so-called progressive Greens council appears to be regressing to a time when fascism was fashionable.

At what point did Greens voters agree to jackbooted stormtroopers dragging away innocent, peaceful citizens, by the throat, from a legitimate protest?

Do Simon Richardson and his minions condone this utterly despicable abuse of our freedom to disagree, our democracy? A freedom that has historically set Byron Shire apart from the usual intimidating conservative agenda.

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  1. The Byron Council is not responsible for policing the laws of NSW in Byron Bay. Like any other organization or person it can ask for NSW police assistance and the police decide if the behaviour appears to be unlawful, its priority and how to respond. That has nothing to do with fascism. It is a matter of policing laws created by democratically elected parliaments.

    In 1971 I took part in an illegal march in Brisbane against the obscenity that was apartheid; these protests are against using an existing street for a bypass (spuriously dressed as an environmental issue). I can understand some residents there have had valid grounds to object to the chosen alignment but as a resident of NSW I object to our police being tied up with a local planning issue that Byron Shire Council and some of its residents have not been able to resolve. It is time Byron Shire residents stopped hectoring the rest of Australia – indeed the world – and started resolving their own issues, and doing it in a way that does not need NSW police attendance.

    • The road is through never developed wetland forest that was classified as SEPP 14 Wetlands and Rainforest and has Critically Endangered animals. The first big forrest protection protests in the world were held in the hills behind Byron. Thats what we do. You may not think its worthwhile, but the animals do, as do the scientists that have declared 1,000,000 species at risk of extinction

      • The affected area is a very small part of a much larger swamp (it’s what we call wetlands). That area is to the south of the existing residential street which is at the heart of the dispute, and for the length of that street there is virtually no impact on the biosphere. An issue around legitimate land planning concerns has been artfully inflated to be an environmental issue of the magnitude of the logging protests of decades ago.

        Protest might be what you personally like to do but other people resolve land planning matters without conflict and without having to bring in NSW Police.

  2. The council has abrogated it’s raison d’etre for seeking power which is the protection of the environment in Byron shire. They are also hopeless road builders and waste valuable monetary resources on whimsical so called works of art


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