Anti-communist organisation descends on regional centre
Mailboxes in Wagga Wagga have been flooded with an anti-communist newspaper, blaming the Chinese government for the coronavirus crisis.
Mailboxes in Wagga Wagga, NSW have been flooded with an anti-communist newspaper, blaming the Chinese government for the coronavirus crisis.
The Epoch Times, a right-wing propaganda organisation, has targeted the area following the Wagga City Council's decision to sever ties with Chinese sister city Kunming.
Wagga City Mayor, Greg Conkey, says the letterbox drop was prompted by the controversial decision.
"I'm sure it was in response to that decision," he said.
"From what I've been told, a group of people from this organisation came down from Sydney, and letterboxed most of the city, if not all of the city."
The publication has thrown its support behind Councillor Paul Funnell, who brought the motion to sever ties to the ordinary council meeting last week.
The decision has been met with both widespread criticism and support, with people from across the country weighing in.
"We've received a number of emails from throughout Australia actually, supporting the decision to sever ties, and people blaming the central Chinese government for a whole range of things," Mr Conkey said.
But he says the majority of locals do not agree with the decision.
"But the overwhelming support we have here in the city is to rescind this motion," he said.
A rescission motion for the decision has been put forward, and will be discussed at an extraordinary council meeting tomorrow night.