Sean Plunket attacks peace group's credibility over opposing fake bomb comments

News 19/02/2019

The credibility of an Auckland activist group is again under fire from Magic Talk host Sean Plunket, who said they have made contradictory remarks about the use of a fake bomb.

On Wednesday, Auckland Peace Action representative Iris Krzyzosiak appeared on Sean Plunket's afternoon Magic Talk to discuss a statement the group released criticising Professor Jordan Peterson's views as threatening "everything of value in society".

Following the interview, which has gone viral worldwide, Auckland Peace Action released a statement to "publicly correct the record" over part of the interview.

During the interview, Ms Krzyzosiak acknowledged an affiliate group had used a fake bomb as a form of protest against the film Ben Gurion at the Doc Edge Film Festival in Wellington last year - but Auckland Peace Action said she was wrong.

"There was never, ever any 'fake bomb' of any sort whatsoever... This claim was never subject to any verification by the police and no comment was sought from either peace group," the statement said.

"[Ms Krzyzosiak] was not a member of either group at the time of the action, nor in attendance at either protest, and was unaware of the details. She simply accepted as fact the statements put to her by the interviewer."

However, Plunket noted on his show on Tuesday, "when Iris went by a different first name and identified as a different gender, [she] has been involved in Peace Action protest and been a spokesperson for them as far back as 2017".

There are several press statements online from previous years mentioning "co-organiser Wojtek Krzyzosiak", including one protesting ANZAC day events.

The idea that Iris was, as Auckland Peace Action said, 'not a member of either group at the time', is just and complete utter BS.

Last week's statement also states that "no one was arrested" at the theatre, but a May 25 2018 release from the group said "Two peace activists have been arrested and charged by police".

In response to the statement that "noisemakers" and "alarms" had been used to protest the film, not "fake bombs", Plunket said "a friend of the show" had said the noisemakers had made a distinctive countdown timer sound.

"Certainly people in the theatre thought it was a fake bomb... the police had to come in with tools to rip it out and people in the theatre were terrified," he said.

Wellington student Samuel Hart, who claims he had been in the theatre during the protest, tweeted after Auckland Peace Action released its statement, calling it "absolute rubbish."

"The thought that it could be a bomb was a very real one for me... shame on you, for your actions that night and for your subsequent refusal to admit that you were wrong," he said.

Plunket said he found it "remarkable" that the group was making the false claims and questioned their credibility.

Newshub contacted Ms Krzyzosiak to get a response to the claims, but she said she had nothing further to say, and hung up.