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Omaar
06-05-2005, 11:02 AM
Former policeman and MP Ross Meurant has put his 1981 Springbok Tour aluminium baton up for auction on TradeMe.

Mr Meurant was second in command of the Red Squad, a police unit set up to deal with anti-tour protests.

The starting bid for the baton is $10,000.

But his listing on the online auction site has sickened an old foe.

John Minto, the face of the anti-tour movement in 1981, told the Herald last night the sale was amoral and bizarre.

"To try and make money out of the situation back in '81 is a bit tacky ... I think most people would find that offensive."

On the website, the Monodok PR 24 baton is described as "the Minto bar" and is pictured on a white sheet with a red rose placed underneath.

The entry says Mr Meurant and several other members of the Red Squad imported the aluminium batons from the United States at their own expense.

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Mr Meurant, who was second-in-command of the notorious Red Squad set up to control anti-tour protesters, today sold the baton which he imported personally, for $20,000 to a South African collector.

"The Police had a difficult job during the Tour because they were obliged to uphold the rule of law, but Meurant and his Red Squad acted like a pack of vigilantes who took the law into their own hands."

He said Mr Meurant's listing on auction website Trade Me, "Red Squad wielding the baton in a blaze of blood throughout the tour" - confirmed that he still takes pride in his behaviour.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_id=1&ObjectID=10124219
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_id=1&ObjectID=10124144

This seems very wrong.

owen
09-05-2005, 03:45 PM
when i clicked on this thread i was expecting something on a bow based marxist-leninist cru. i am disappointed.

Melchior
10-05-2005, 08:09 AM
Muerant is fucking scum.