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New Zealand Must Stop Repression of Maori
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[a Maori appeal and numerous news stories follow Saloor's introduction.]
sent by Harry Saloor (MSRB) - Oct 21, 2007
New Zealand Must Stop Repression of Maori
"A Fascist Nation of Human Rights Violations"
New Zealand is a one-party timocratic monarchical oligarchy. It could
also be described as a synarchy, or a crypto-military fascist police
state. NZ began its shameful existence in rivers of Maori blood. About
85 percent of Maori were slaughtered by the genocidal land thieves, who
then stole more than 95 percent of Maori land. New Zealands assassins
in uniform continue to satisfy their bloodlust by murdering colored
people in serial massacres and blood orgies from Korea to Malaysia,
Indonesia to Borneo, Vietnam] Afghanistan to Iraq.
The Management School of Restorative Business and Creating A
Sustainable Future Organizations unequivocally condemn the state
repression of Maori and demand an end to the government atrocities. The
NZ Prime Minister and key members of her cabinets are NAZIS. In the
dawn of 21st century this is simply unacceptable. We demand that these
individuals be removed from office immediately and be indicted for
crimes against humanity! The New Zealands Gestapo, their so called
Secret [sic] Intelligence [sic] Service [sic] must be disbanded
immediately and the pathetic clowns that operate it be extradited to
their countries of origin to be tried for crimes against humanity.
The Management School of
Restorative Business (MSRB)
URGENT APPEAL: Maori plea forsupport
Stop the State Repression of Indigenous Peoples!
Kia Ora Koutou Whanau, to all my Relations Greetings & Respect
Global oppression has intensified as Indigenous Peoples are organizing
at the international level to control their resources and halt
oppression. Maori leaders in the sovereignty, environmental and peace
movements have been arrested. Tame Iti is in prison without bail. New
Zealand authorities are attempting to brand the Maori as terrorists.
New Zealand is under international pressure to adhere to the
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples adopted by the U.N.,
which recognizes the right of Indigenous Peoples to their ancestral
lands. Earlier, New Zealand, the United States, Australia and Canada
voted against the UN Declaration.
Just now, Wednesday morning (October 17) the US Ninth Circuit Court of
Appeals has announced it will revisit its ruling halting a plan to make
snow from sewer water on sacred San Francisco Peaks, a place of healing
ceremonies and healing plant gathering for 13 area Indian Tribes. The
federal Appeals Court said it is responding to pressure from the United
States and Snowbowl Ski Resort.
In the south, the military oppression is unabated in Chiapas and
Oaxaca, while mining corporations crush communities in Central and
All of this comes at the same time that Zapatistas are organizing at
the international level and Indigenous Peoples are fighting the
corporate destruction " copper and gold mining, oil drilling, coal
mining, power plants, uranium mining and nuclear dumping " from the
Andean highlands in South America to the Inuit in Alaska and
Aboriginals in Australia, and uniting in solidarity.
At the same time in Canada, Indian Nations are rising up to protect
their ancestral territories, resisting colonization and the seizure of
their lands for uranium mining, housing developments and oil drilling,
as the Bush administration rushes to seize the oil in the melting
In the Kulin Nations (Melbourne) we will be holding a solidarity rally
on the 27th of October. This rally will also be a condemnation of the 4
settler grubbyments that refuse to acknowledge and affirm our rights as
Indigenous peoples to exist, to self determination and to sovereignty.
Our solidarity will also be extended to out brothers and sisters in
Turtle Island, as this phenomena of state suppression on Indigenous
peoples is nothing new and still a common daily occurrence.
Stop the State Repression of Indigenous Peoples
Solidarity with the Urewera 17! Free them now!
Free Political Prisoners/Drop the Charges
Drop the Charges against Lex Wotoon NOW
Free Tame Iti NOW
Drop the Charges against Shawn Bryant NOW
Free Leonard Peltier NOW
In the Spirit of Indigenous Unity & Solidarity
Respect and Regards to all form my heart.
Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou Ake Ake Ake
Always Was Always Will Be Aboriginal Land.
Te Roroa, Te Uriohau, Fale Ula, Vavau
URGENT APPEAL: Maori plea for support
Dear Friends, Colleagues and Family,
It is in great distress that I am urged to write this appeal and to
inform our international community of the recent events that are
happening within Aotearoa (New Zealand) social justice, environmental
justice and indigenous movements.
For the past 60 hours Aotearoa activists have been subjected to home
invasions,raids and interrogation under threats of terrorist
activities against the state.The Crown has decided to employ its
recent Terrorism Suppression Act to lockdown on social justice
activist, movers and shakers and this is now world widenews with many
of our close friends and families houses (mine included) being
invaded, possessions confiscated and charges being threatened which
will allow for solid activists to be charged under the Terrorist
Suppression Act that carries sentencing for life.
The ages of people currently under custody range from 18 " 64. Many of
us being implicated in this investigation are young people trying to
do good things for our communities.We are headed into an election year
and these events are the largest scale operation headed by special
operations from the head of states office. We have difficulty in
understanding the timing for these invasions of our privacy except for
political campaigning off of our backs.The indigenous movement for
self - determination is what is being blamed by the media for
instigating acts of terrorism.
The Police showed up at my house with files of my activities over
years, my phones have been tapped for years, my house under
surveillance and everything subject to their review. We have not been
involved in any activities that could allow the police to make these
claims and the distress they are causing for our families and children
Right now we are fighting for friends in Police Custody to make bail.
A number of these requests have been denied. A number of people are
now been moved between prisons and I will be liasing with them and
Court costs, travel costs, food costs and lawyer costs are above the
heads of many of our people and we are asking for support from our
communities both national and international to come to our aid in this
time of need.Terrorism world wide has become a cause for unjust
state intervention into the lives of many peoples committed to change
and now we are seeing that reality play out here in our own backyards
within our own community.
Please support us in anyway specifically: Sending your concerns
against state interventions to Annette King, Minister of Police
(aking@]) and to your local New Zealand Embassys;- By
sending financial support towards the Family Support Network to assist
with food, travel expenses and Court costs and; By sharing our stories
with your own networks.We have had some international support by
indigenous brothers and sisters by way of protests on the streets
outside the NZ Embassys, we encourage any of you to organize and do
the same. Thank you all for taking the time to hear what is happening
for us here in Aotearoa, these are very troubling times.
For further information please refer to:
Most of our Internet sites have been taken down also in relation to
these chain of events however all responses and correspondence can be
made through me.
Kiritapu Allan Co " Director, Conscious Collaborations
"Revolutionary movement and opposition to state power, in the defence of
truth is at the heart of anti-imperial struggle. Frantz Fanon
wrote,You do not show proof of your nation from its culture].you
substantiate its existence in the fight which the people wage against
the forces of occupation. No colonial system draws its justification
from the fact that the territories it dominates are culturally
non-extant. Struggle then is the signal of an oppressed peoples still
beating heart in a colonial situation. Action is the life sign of
peoples who existence is officially denied]]we must fight for what is
precious to us, or it will be stolen away and used for someone elses
enjoyment, Fight, not Talk." -http://uriohau.blogspot.com
New Zealand Herald - Oct 21, 2007
Forget terrorists - it's the secret police the public needs to fear
By Matt McCarten
Our Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) and our nation's senior police
officers breathlessly informed us this week that a terrorist cell and
their secret training camp in the Ureweras had been smashed.
Hundreds of police synchronised the storming of homes of Maori
sovereignty supporters, anarchist revolutionaries and environmental
activists, arresting 17 so-called terrorists. Apparently, police have
been hiding out in the bushes photographing these individuals, some of
whom were dressed up in military gear, shooting guns and even burning
Our secret police and political establishment must be wetting
themselves with excitement at finally capturing "real terrorists". The
only problem is that New Zealand is such a small country, everybody
knows everybody else. Do people really think Tame Iti is a New Zealand
Osama Bin Laden? What a joke. Instead of using scores of Darth Vader
stormtroopers, couldn't they have just sent the local community
constable to arrest Iti? It's not like he's ever resisted arrest before.
Iti is one of those characters whose sense of humour and mischief has
entertained us for years. He has always been a colourful orator and at
worst makes us face some unpalatable truths. At best he is a great
Iti winds up the establishment to draw attention to political issues
or, as some of his detractors would claim, to himself. His latest
political stunts have included running around half naked in front of
the Waitangi Tribunal and shooting a British flag on the ground. The
local police know him so well that they didn't even bother to tell him
It wasn't until this incident was broadcast on TV that our political
masters insisted that he be charged. The subsequent court case just
turned into another case of political mischief and self-promotion which
would have had him chuckling at the furore.
The young idealists arrested with him were traipsing around his bush
camp. No doubt they were firing guns and if the police say they set off
napalm, I'm inclined to believe them. But does this mean that an
eclectic group of Maori, political and environmental activists were
being turned into a terrorist army?
Some of the young people I know who were arrested are actually vegans
who don't even believe in killing animals, let alone human beings. When
you get the police searching homes of environmental activists trying to
save snails on the West Coast, you know that things have got really
There's been a lot of talk this week about politicians overreacting
about the police actions, but I suggest that the overreaction has been
on the side of the police.
I never thought that there was a need for the Terrorism Suppression Act
and believe that it was motivated by our establishment's need to be
seen by our international allies to be doing our bit for George Bush's
"war on terror".
This week, New Zealand proudly signed up to become part of the US
database of suspected terrorists. I would have thought that after the
Ahmed Zaoui debacle, our secret police would hesitate to take the word
of overseas agencies.
Let's not even mention the bogus intelligence from these same guys to
justify the invasion of Iraq for their oil.
Sinisterly, the Suppression of Terrorism Act is currently under review
and there's a proposal to include as terrorists people who damage
That is so broad it could include anything. For example, during the
Springbok tour, people destroyed television aerials which were
transmitting the rugby game. Under these new recommendations, they
would be charged as terrorists.
The current young activists held without bail can stay in jail for up
to two years without being convicted. The information that I have
received is that the police have transcripts of all their phone calls
and texts as well as all their personal emails. That can only mean that
our citizens are being widely electronically monitored.
Considering it was the SIS who briefed the Prime Minister and the
Leader of the Opposition, one can only assume now that our secret
police routinely spy on our citizens.
What is disturbing is that many of these people's friends, work
colleagues and family are having their homes raided and their property
confiscated. I suspect this is more to do with spreading the net as
wide and far as possible to see what comes up.
My opponents may accuse me of being pro-terrorist or at least an
apologist for them: I am not. What I don't like, however, is the
sinister way in which the Suppression of Terrorism Act is being used
against people engaged in domestic political activity.
People have always talked about overthrowing the government, smashing
capitalism, wrecking animal-testing laboratories and other such things.
But have we had such acts carried out in New Zealand? Very rarely and
And even when people damage property or even hurt individuals in
political activity the police have always been able to arrest them
using the Crimes Act. The Suppression of Terrorism Act - even its name
is provocative - is a political weapon against dissent.
Those of us opposed to this act are now seeing it abused in the way we
feared it might. We shouldn't be worrying about the antics of Tame Iti.
We should be instead very worried about the creeping powers of our
New Zealand Herald - Oct 21, 2007
Whatever cards police hold had better be a winning hand
The war on terror has robbed the word "terrorist" of much of its power.
Since the US-led coalition invaded a country that had nothing to do
with the 9/11 terrorist attacks and turned out not to have any weapons
of mass destruction anyway, the currency of the debate has become
cheapened. The real terrorists remain, with sporadic exceptions,
unmolested by international efforts to root them out; the wrath of the
free world is, instead, visited on misguided nobodies, depriving them
of legal rights and human dignity as they sweat in confinement in
Guantanamo Bay. Meanwhile, arrogant and unsmiling immigration goons
demand that blue-rinsed grandmothers remove their shoes and decant
their skin cream into small bottles if they want to go to Disneyland.
Such misplaced initiatives come to mind when considering the events of
the past week, in and around the Tuhoe settlement of Ruatoki, and in a
variety of towns and cities throughout the North Island. The police
have been scrupulous not to use the words "terrorist" or "terrorism" to
describe the activities of the people targeted in their raids and
searches; the charges so far laid have been under firearms legislation.
But the shadow of the Terrorism Suppression Act enacted after the 9/11
attacks loomed large over the actions and their court sequels.
Notably, and disturbingly, judicial proceedings have almost all been
held in secret: the identities of most of those arrested; the nature of
the evidence against them (laid, let us remember, under legislation
devised before the word "terrorist" existed); and even the discussion
of the reasons that bail has been granted or denied; all remain behind
a shroud of secrecy.
That being so, it would be idle and indeed unwise to speculate on what
cards the police hold. But it is not too early to say that, when the
time comes to lay them on the table, they had better add up to a
winning hand. If the world is growing sceptical of the use of the
epithet "terrorist" to classify those who express dissent, we in New
Zealand are downright suspicious of it. The only time it has been
appropriately used within this jurisdiction was to describe
state-sponsored murder when the Rainbow Warrior was bombed. Sooner or
later, and it would be much better sooner than later, the police need
to explain why they responded with such a chilling display of force
against people allegedly in breach of firearms laws.
What is already plain is that the police actions have hugely alienated
Tuhoe in particular and Maori in general. The fact that the police
roadblock near Ruatoki was set up beside the "confiscation line", which
marked the boundary of the land grab in the 1860s, would have been
bleakly resonant for the community stunned by the show of police force.
That community is, by any sober judgement, one of the country's most
alienated, dispossessed and economically disadvantaged. Time will tell
whether the rage that bubbles beneath its surface deserves being
characterised and treated as a dangerous insurgency. But whatever is
revealed when the police show their hand, it would be good to think
that other arms of the state thought it worth reaching into the heart
of Tuhoe, with the intention of making life better, and not just of
carting off troublemakers.
ABC News (Australia) - Oct 19, 2007
NZ police under fire over 'racist' raids
By New Zealand correspondent Peter Lewis
This week's dramatic anti-terrorist operation across the Tasman, in
which 17 political and environmental activists were charged with
firearms offences, has sparked a fierce debate over police tactics.
Some Maori MPs say the coordinated raids have set race relations in New
Zealand back 100 years, but others say they should refrain from making
such claims until all the facts are revealed.
In was the week the war on terrorism reached Whakatane, 300 police,
including heavily armed special tactical response officers, in
balaclavas and full riot gear, burst into the Bay of Plenty boondocks.
It was the first time they had obtained search warrants under the
sweeping provisions of New Zealand's Suppression of Terrorism Act.
Green Party leader Jeanette Fitzsimons believes the heavy-handed
approach, which apparently included armed police searching rural school
buses, has traumatised the local, mostly Maori, population.
"People in New Zealand have a right under law to feel safe in their
homes from unwarranted intrusion and intimidation from military-style
police operations," she said.
"There seems to be a certain enthusiasm to use those powers.
"A lot of us were very concerned that when that went through Parliament
it was going to lead to this kind of thing, we were assured that it was
only for sort of international terrorism - Al Qaeda."
Suggestions of racism
Maori Party leader Pita Sharples says it is a sad throwback to the
darkest days in the country when colonial troopers stormed into Maori
"It's saying there are terrorists in our country, and the terrorists
are Maori-centred," he said.
"There's that and it's the way the raids were carried out, paramilitary
style, in front of children and so on just with big guns. That's what I
meant by taking us back a century."
But Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia says it is a homeland
security, not a race issue, and that the Maori Party is rushing to
judgment before all the facts are disclosed.
"This is not an exercise to play the race card in, as much as some
journos and some community sectors will perceive it as such, and play
it," he said.
"Let's be frank about it. There have been tensions over the years.
[But] by crikey, our race relations are as good as anybody's in the
world, if not better."
The New Zealand First Party's law and order spokesman, Ron Mark, says
the Maori Party is attempting to politicise the police response to a
legitimate security threat.
"If the police were in possession of some of the intelligence that we
believe that they have, and they did nothing, and something happened,
what would people be saying now?" he asked.
"This is not about race. The people that have been arrested, charged
and investigated are not all Maori. To suggest that it's racist is
foolishness, and if I could be polite, it is mischievous."
But Mr Sharples says the raids were paramilitary and unnecessarily
"It's just ludicrous in our little wee country that they're talking of
terrorism and moving in mass police into a tribe and violating the sort
of life of the people there," he said.
About 1,000 members of the Tuhoe tribe, targeted by police in raids at
Ruatoki in the eastern Bay of Plenty, and their supporters, have vented
their feelings outside Whakatane police station.
They were particularly angry that young children on their way to school
had been caught up in the anti-terrorism campaign.
Those claims were initially denied by senior police, but confirmed at
the demonstration by school bus driver, Isaac Nuku.
"I saw him on TV last night - that the cops didn't hop on our bus. I
was one of the drivers, they did hop on our bus and they did search our
bus," he said.
Police already under close scrutiny over the tactics of the Armed
Offenders Squad admit it is a tense situation for their local officers
to handle. Many of them are Maori themselves.
Local area commander Greg Standen says police are the "meat in the
sandwich" in the affair.
"They are feeling a little bit of pressure and I just ask people to
realise that we've got policemen and women who live and work in this
community, who are feeling the squeeze of the emotions across the
area," he said.
"Give a thought to them and their families, and they still have to come
to work tomorrow and police people and keep everybody safe."
[See the original for links to various multimedia and lots of comments,
Indymedia New Zealand - Oct 20, 2007
Raise your voice before you lose your soul - protests across Aotearoa
A support website for the arrestees has been created with information
on support groups, background details, how to write to prisoners and
more, at http://www.civilrightsdefence.org.nz
Solidarity actions continue to be held across Aotearoa and around the
world for those arrested, raided, searched and questioned during and
since the Monday October 15th raids.
Auckland saw 400 people march from Aotea Square to the Auckland Central
Police Station, where the New Zealand flag was ripped down. Chants
included "Tame Iti out, Rickards in!". [ Report + Photos ]
In Christchurch, 300 people marched from Cathedral Square to the
Christchurch Central Police Station, with chants of "Ka whawhai tonu
matou - Ake Ake Ake!" reverberating through the streets in one of the
largest protests in the city for years. [ Video ]
Around 60 people assembled outside the Labour Party offices in Dunedin
to show their solidarity with those arrested. [ Video ]
Protests have also been held overseas, where 30 people demonstrated in
Berlin, Germany, outside the New Zealand Embassy [ Report + Photos ]. A
solidarity banner was also displayed on the island of Santorini, Greece
[ Photos ].
Stand in solidarity! Global Day Of Action - Saturday 27th Oct, 12 noon
Organise an event in your centre for the Global Day Of Action now, and
post the details here at Aotearoa Indymedia.
Everywhere: Any letters emailed to
lettersforprisoners[at]riseup[dot]net will printed out and distributed
to arrestees. Obviously don't write anything that could negatively
impact on you or anyone else! For more information, see
Auckland: Demonstration Saturday Oct 27th at 12 noon meeting in Aotea
Whanganui: Rally and march Saturday October 27th at 12 noon. Meet at
the River Traders Market on Moutoa Quay (behind Taupo Quay).
Wellington: Prisoner support meetings are being held at 128 Abel Smith
St, 6pm, each Tuesday. A range of solidarity events are happening over
the coming days. [ Upcoming events ].
Christchurch: A solidarity rally and march will be held in Cathedral
Square at 12noon on Saturday Oct 27th. A meeting to plan solidarity
work will be held Thursday 25th at 6pm at the Otautahi Social Centre,
206 Barbadoes St.
Sydney, Australia: Public meeting & demonstration on Thursday October
25th, 5:30pm outside NZ Consulate-General, 55 Hunter St, Sydney
Melbourne, Australia: A solidarity demonstration will be held Saturday
27th in Federation Square, 12noon.
Donations can be made to the defence fund. See the Civil Rights Defence
Committee website for details.
6:30pm - TV3 is reporting that all of the arrestees are likely to
appear in the Auckland District Court on November 1st.
Stop the Terror Laws! Free our Friends!
Friday morning saw around 100 friends and family of the prisoners
gathered outside Auckland District Court to show their support and
solidarity with the five prisoners due for a bail hearing [ Report ]
[ Photos ]. Name supression on at least 1 prisoner was lifted, but
interim supression has been granted until an appeal by their lawyer can
be heard. 3 others had name supression extended, for now at least. The
5th can be named as Rawiri Iti, who is a nephew of Tame Iti. All remain
Approximately 150 supporters gathered at the Wellington District Court
in solidarity with 4 prisoners due for a bail hearing there. The court
was closed, meaning supporters were not allowed to attend. All four
Wellington arrestees have been denied bail, and are being moved to
Auckland to face their future hearings up there.[ Report ] [ Video ]
Both groups will appear in court again on Thursday 1 November.
In Whakatane, up to 1500 people marched in protest against the Police
blockade of Ruatoki and Taneatua on Monday and their treatment of the
people of Tuhoe country.
National Day Of Action - Saturday 27th Oct, 12 noon
The Auckland defence committee has called out for a national day of
action in solidarity with the arrestees for Saturday 27th October at 12
noon. Organise an event in your centre now, and post the details here
at Aotearoa Indymedia.
5:48pm Friday - News just to hand - All four Wellington arrestees have
been denied bail, and are being moved to Auckland to face their future
hearings up there.
6:14pm - Of the 5 arrestees in the Auckland District Court today, 4 had
name supression extended, for now at least. The 5th can be named as
Rawiri Iti, who is a nephew of Tame Iti. All remain in custody.
Saturday - Solidarity demos have been held in Berlin, Germany and
Santorini, Greece, in addition to the earlier demos in Melbourne and
12:30pm 100+ people have gathered in an Auckland solidarity demo in
1:15pm 200+ people have now gathered for the Auckland protest. The NZ
Police flag has been torn from the building!
1:45pm Approximately 300 protesters have gathered for a demo in
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