John Minto has been leading a noisy protest outside the ASB Tennis Centre.
The target of their protest is Israeli player Shahar Peer. Minto and others are outraged at the treatment of Palestine by Israel.
Protests like this one, targeting one individual, are problematic. They come across as vindictive and nasty. Minto and co probably don’t care – they will argue all Israelis are complicit in the wrongs perpetuated in Palestine. That is the nature of zealots: they fail to see that not everything is black and white.
But not a murmur is raised at the appearance in the same tournament of a player from another country with human rights “issues”. Why no protest at the appearance of Chinese player Li Na? Could it be that she comes from a communist nation? Maybe China’s excesses are justified in the name of the Peoples’ Revolution.
But lest anyone should be tempted to treat the protest seriously, it turns out that one of the protesters was the fellow who dumped a lamington on the head of Act Party’s Mt Albert candidate John Boscawen. An absurd, almost surreal, act of protest.
This protest is best ignored. When was the last time anyone took anything organised by John Minto seriously? 1981?