TALIBAN COMPARISON UPSETS NEW ZEALAND OPPOSITION

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WELLINGTON, Zealand (Radio Australia) - New Zealand's opposition leader is calling for the country's race relations commissioner to be sacked after he compared European settlers to the Taliban.

But as New Zealand correspondent Gillian Bradford reports, Joris De Bresis is standing by his comments.

In a speech in Wellington Thursday morning, De Bresis called the Colonization of New Zealand a sorry litany of cultural and environmental vandalism.

He likened it to the Taliban's destruction of sacred Buddha’s in Afghanistan and said New Zealanders should learn from such events.

New Zealand’s opposition leader, Bill English says De Bres’s comments are insulting and suggest white New Zealanders should feel guilty for events in the distant past.

Bradford says English has called on the Prime Minister, Helen Clark, to sack De Bres.

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