Battles for Freedom
October 22, 1996
Mr. Alan Tonks,Chairman
Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto,
55 John Street, 7th Floor Metro Hall,
Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3C6
Dear Chairman Tonks:
I am writing again to urge you to reconsider this past summer's $8,000
grant to Anti-Racist Action (ARA).
Further, I am asking that you specifically condemn the ARA's most recent
Firstly, along with this letter is being delivered a copy of a video
recorded this February by Kitchener businessman Michael Rothe. Two agents
of the Canadian Security Intelligernce Service (CSIS) visited him to inquire
about his role in organizing a meeting in 1992 for historian David Irving
and about his connections with the Heritage
Front. The two CSIS agents showed him ID and identified themselves
as Peter and Angela. They specifically named the ARA as the group responsible
for last year's arson attack and firebombing of Ernst Zundel's house. The
revelations on this tape are staggering.
ANGELA: "Have you heard of the Canadian
Security Intelligence Service?"
PETER: "You can bet it's real!....
I'll explain what we are. First, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service
. "We're the political police. Angela and I are from the counter-terrorism
branch . ... In Toronto, Wolfgang [Droege of the Heritage Front] has been
much troubled by a group that calls itself Anti-Racist Action, ARA. This
is a collection of anarchists, Trotskyists, Stalinists."
ANGELA: "The ARA that Peter described
firebombed Ernst Zundel. I'm sure you've heard about the problem various
leaders of the so-called right wing have received firebombs."
Yet, this is the group a majority of you voted to fund!
With this FAX, I am including copies of two ARA posters which appeared
around downtown Toronto last week.
first poster announces an October 23 "Rock
Against Harris Concert." There is the logo of the communist star and
the words "Rock Against Racism". The graphics show a profile
of Adolf Hitler in the background, then former Alabama Governor George
Wallace, and, in the foreground, Premier Harris! What possible connection
could even a demented person make between Premier Harris and Hitler or
Wallace? The juxtapositioning of these pictures is a clear incitement to
violence -- to serious harm against the Premier. Hitler died of a gunshot
wound, a suicide.The ARA seem obsessed with Hitler's violent end. If you
check out their website, you'll find a poster graphic of a crude picture
of Hitler with a gun in his mouth and the slogan: "Follow your leader".
Gov. George Wallace was the victim of an assassination attempt that left
him paralyzed and effectively ended his aspirations for the U.S. presidency.
Premier Harris' picture as the third in this trio would seem to indicate
a grotesque call for his assassination. Just in case the message of violence
escapes anyone, the alleged acts to appear at this "Rock Against Racism"
are the "Drop Dead Beats", "Politikill Incorrect" and
Is this poster consistent with the Council requirement, passed July
4, in giving them the $8,000 grant, that they provide "written clarification
of their policy respecting the use of force and violence in achieving their
The second poster "Shut the Nazi Down!"
also seems to promise breaking the law. It calls people out for a 9:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m. picket outside the office/home of Ernst Zundel on October
25. "Anti-Racist Action will be shutting down a nazi business right
in the heart of Toronto. ... Be young, have fun and smash racism."
It may be the ARA's right to peacefully picket Zundel or anyone else they
wish, but the promise to "smash" racism and "shut"
him down smacks of violence. It's hard to understand how, without a permit
ARA could hold a promised "kosker barbecue" on busy Carlton Street.
The words are highly suggestive of firebombs and other illegal acts, an
impression further strengthened by another ARA poster about town urging
participants to :"Make a fashion statement! Bring your balaklava!!!"
Would people intent on peaceful protest be planning to wear such disguises
more usually associated with airplane hijackers and bank robbers?
I urge you to call on Metro Police to act on CSIS's clear statement
that the ARA perpetrated the May 7, 1995 firebombing of Ernst Zundel's
house and to seek immediate counsel as to whether the statements in these
posters violate the Criminal Code as to incitement to commit a crime.
cc: Solicitor-General Robert Runciman Media et al.
ARA Poster #2