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CIVILIAN WEAPON INSPECTIONS: Activists say many arrests at US embassy avoidable



Activists say police over reaction led to 23 people being arrested at an anti-war demonstration at the United States Embassy in Wellington today.

"Police demonstrated a complete inability to deal with symbolic, non-violent protest in a professional manner," said Sam Buchanan of the Weapons Inspection Arrestees Legal Support Group.

"Wrestling people to the ground before dragging them away was unnecessary and provocative. The police showed an astonishing ability to turn a quite light-hearted protest into a confrontation."

Peace activists were making a theatrical 'inspection' of the US embassy, saying they wanted to ensure the US was not keeping any of its weapons of mass destruction on the premises. A small group of activists were arrested when they moved towards the embassy fence after claiming they need to enter the compound to check for weapons.

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