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"White Power" T-shirt seller charged

The man exposed in Crikey and The National Indigenous Times last week for selling “White Power Alice Springs” T-shirts — a response to the recent bashing death of an Aboriginal man allegedly by five young white local males — has been charged with offensive behaviour and making a false statement.

The man who identified himself as “Red” — but whose real name is Denis Donohue, aged 48 — was charged by police for selling the T-shirts and caps from his vehicle. His 4wd ute was photographed in front of the Alice Springs council chambers. The merchandise hanging in the vehicle — replete with a for sale sign — included Nazi swastikas.

Several complaints by at least two local residents to police and council officials were initially ignored. But a lengthy (28-minute) interview with NIT and Crikey about the shirts, laced with foul language and just about every racial epithet ever used to describe Aboriginal people, pricked the interest of local officials.

Thus, it was a more contrite Denis Donohue who wandered into the ABC Alice Springs studios a day after the story broke, sparking significant local and national media interest.

In a pre-recorded interview played to morning listeners, “Red” described himself as “the village idiot” and apologised for his actions, blaming his foul-mouthed interview and his attempted sale of the T-shirts on a “drug problem”.

Donohue claimed that he had received death threats as a result of the publicity, which possibly explains why he allegedly removed the distinctive GANGSTA numberplates from his vehicle. It doesn’t, however, explain why he then reported them stolen to police. But that does explain why he was subsequently charged with making a false statement.

Donohue has been bailed to appear in Alice Springs local court in October.

Chris Graham is editor of The National Indigenous Times.

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  • 1
    John Donovan
    Posted Friday, 18 September 2009 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Nice work Crikey!

  • 2
    Liz45
    Posted Friday, 18 September 2009 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Well done, Chris and Crikey! This person is just a revolting creep! I don’t care what he’s on. Drugs don’t make a racist heap - they cause drug dependancy! His racist attitudes come from inside his brain, with or without drugs. Revolting!

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    Carolyn Hirsh
    Posted Saturday, 19 September 2009 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Further to disgusting racist stuff, I drove behind a car a few days ago with a bumper sticker on the back window. Picture of an Australian flag, and a comment, ‘If you don’t love it, Leave!’ Tried to get a photo, but wasn’t game get close enough. I mean, who loves a bit of material? I loathe the union jack in the corner, since I’m of Irish heritage.
    Cazze

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    Spacehamster
    Posted Monday, 21 September 2009 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Being cynical, I’m going to assume that the Council and Local Police decided to quickly resolve the issue before it scared away some of the tourists.

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