Internet Party founder Kim Dotcom and leader Laila Harre at
Queenstown's Events Centre last night. Photo by David
Internet Party founder Kim Dotcom remains unapologetic
about the controversial ''F... John Key'' video.
Last weekend, Internet Mana, the strategic alliance between
Hone Harawira's Mana Party and the Internet Party, posted a
video from a rally in Christchurch showing a crowd of
students chanting ''F... John Key'' as Mr Dotcom addressed
The video was quickly pounced on by right-wing blog sites,
with one commentator comparing the atmosphere with a ''Munich
beer hall in the 1920s''.
Speaking after a political rally in Queenstown last night, Mr
Dotcom - a German-Finnish internet entrepreneur who is
fighting extradition to the United States for alleged
copyright breaches by his company Megaupload - told the
Otago Daily Times there was an overreaction to the
''All we were showing was a crowd of thousands of young New
Zealanders with passion, showing how they feel about the
current government,'' Mr Dotcom said.
''It is just young people participating in politics in the
way that they know. I'm not apologetic about showing this to
all New Zealanders.
''I didn't go up on stage and say this but I thought it was
interesting to observe and everyone should know that that's
how young people feel.''
Internet Party's message, delivered by leader Laila Harre
last night, was one of the country's potential economic
transformation using digital technology, mixed with themes of
social justice, environmental protection and a capital gains
Mr Dotcom said he would not be surprised if the party got
''well over'' 5% support at the September 20 General
Election, the mark under MMP which would propel the party