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    Festival Evacuated Due to 'Right Wing' Tattoo

    New Zealand Music Festival Evacuated Because Someone Claimed Another Attendee Had a ‘Right Wing’ Tattoo

    Approximately 5,000 concertgoers were evacuated from the Homegrown Music Festival in New Zealand because someone thought they saw a “right-wing tattoo” on an attendee. Seriously.
    The 28-minute long evacuation took place on Saturday evening, just before a scheduled moment of silence for the massacre victims.

    Police were alerted when festival crew members spotted someone with a tattoo that they believed to be linked to “far right ideology.”

    “Some of the Homegrown crew identified a person that they were concerned about and police made the call that person needed to be found,” Homegrown spokeswoman Kelly Wright told the New Zealand Herald.

    The alert happened while bands were changing sets and people were moving around, so the police could not immediately locate the attendee for his tattoo check. Since they couldn’t find him, they evacuated the area.

    “A person has been spoken to and the area searched, and as a result Police can confirm there has been no threat to the Homegrown festival or the public,” the police said in a statement. “While the concern in this case appears to have been an innocent misunderstanding, Police would like to remind people to stay vigilant and call 111 if they see anything suspicious.”

    It turned out that it was a “mistake” and the tattoo was “traditional” — not related to the right at all.

    “The person was found and it turned out that is was a completely innocent misunderstanding and everyone was allowed to return,” Wright said. “It all turned out good but it was unfortunate that it happened and people were inconvenienced.”'

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    Live in fear, bitches! LOL!
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    Silly in hindsight perhaps, but not completely incomprehensible.

    I mean, loads of people are being shot or blown to pieces left and right all over the globe, seemingly by Islamists on the one hand and right-wing extremists on the other, and sometimes in response to one another.

    So, if someone seems to wear a tattoo "thought to be linked to far-right ideology" and this sighting happens "just before a minute [of] silence was planned in tribute to the Christchurch mosque shooting victims", in the same country as said attacks and just a week after they happened, it's not surprising people made a rash judgment like that. "Better safe than sorry", I guess.

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    Oh, come off it Skärmträl Are we going to start evacuating buildings now every time someone wearing a burka enters them? I don't recall during the height of the IRA attacks everyone dashing out of English pubs if they heard a person speaking with an Irish accent.

    We've got to keep these things in proportion, instead of making silly statements like: "people are being shot or blown to pieces left and right all over the globe".


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    Quote Originally Posted by SaxonPagan View Post
    Oh, come off it Skärmträl Are we going to start evacuating buildings now every time someone wearing a burka enters them? I don't recall during the height of the IRA attacks everyone dashing out of English pubs if they heard a person speaking with an Irish accent.

    We've got to keep these things in proportion, instead of making silly statements like: "people are being shot or blown to pieces left and right all over the globe".
    You're right; but (and I should probably have mentioned this, heh) I was thinking exclusively of the reaction of the witness in the audience and my silly statement was trying to mirror the perceived global situation as it's presented to most people (including the witness) by continuous media coverage. The reaction of the police, I would agree, was rather absurd.

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    No probs. I just think we need to resist overreacting (especially with tyrannical governments seeking to elicit precisely this type of response!) and this is a view being echoed here ...


    Meantime, I've been trying to establish exactly what sort of tattoo it was that unleashed the panic. Still no precise details but it turns out to have been a 'traditional' one, whatever that might be Anyway, I'm sure it's only a matter of time before 'traditional' is equated with 'White Supremacy' so this could just be the beginning

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    Good question. I have a feeling, though, that 'traditional' in this context means Maori, since it all occurred in New Zealand.

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    Hmmm. I wonder if Gareth's cool celestial cross tattoo will one day be considered a hate symbol?
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    I can't believe a festival was evacuated over one person with a tattoo. New Zealanders are really over-doing it.

    But I guess what happened at the mosque is their 9/11 and it's made them super paranoid.

    I wonder what the tattoo looked like.

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