A few days ago we wrote about seasoned traveler Cedric Rault-Verpre who was stuck in the remote township of Punakaiki (a township for Local People) for 4 days.
When his frustration boiled over (no one even offered him so much as a cup of water) he threw rocks at a decrepit old road sign. This led to his arrest and appearance in court where his passport was confiscated and he was told to pay $3,000.
Now we find out why his patience failed him – he was subjected to racial abuse while he waited on the side of the road.
A motorist, who has since taken-in M. Rault-Verpre said his guest’s anger boiled over after he was racially abused while trying to thumb a lift. This makes it easier to understand M. Rault-Verpre’s “Nazi Zealand’ comments. New Zealand has something of a reputation for casual racism, something that comes as a shock to outsiders.
After his Greymouth court appearance, he was picked up on the roadside by a passing motorist. “He got in the car and told me all about it,” the motorist, who declined to be identified, told Fairfax.
“It’s originated from a dispute with people on the roadside who made comments about his odd behaviour long before he throw stones at the sign. He wanted a ride. They said no. It escalated. They told him to catch the bus and he was told ‘why don’t you f… off back to where you came from’.”
The man thought Rault-Verpre had been acting like “an idiot but not harmful”. source
Ever since his “Nazi Zealand” comment M. Rault-Verpre has been the subject of a media slur campaign in New Zealand, with the aim of discrediting him.
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