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Stop State Persecution of Dissent in New Zealand - Solidarity Actions Across the World

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Demonstrations and events are being planned around the world for the August 30th global day of action to 'Drop the Charges' against the 20 Tino Rangatiratanga (Maori sovereignty), anarchist, environmental and peace activists arrested in the nationwide State Terror Raids of 15 October 2007. Next week the Depositions (pre-trial) hearing for the arrestees will begin at the Auckland District Court. More

Please post details of any solidarity events on the Newswire.

Auckland / Tāmaki-makau-rau: Midday Saturday August 30th rally in Aotea Square.
1 September: Solidarity Demo outside Court – 1st September 9.15 – 10.30am, Cnr Kingston & Albert St. GPJA Forum: What the anti-terror raids mean for dissent in NZ. 7.30pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland.
2nd September 6pm Forum at Auckland University. anti-capitalism and anti-colonial struggles in australia and the pacific
3rd September: Film Screening - 3 Black Panthers & The Last Slave Plantation at Trades Hall, 5.30pm

Palmerston North: Friday 29th August. Demonstration outside courthouse. More

Wellington / Te Whanganui-a-Tara: Saturday August 30th Meet at 12noon at 128 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro. March through town - speakers and music

Vancouver (Canada): Saturday August 30th Film Screening at Spartacus Books, 684 East Hastings, at 7pm. Money to support the accused!

Melbourne (Australia): Rally at Federation Square 2pm Saturday August 30th.

Comments

Re: Stop State Persecution of Dissent in New Zealand - Solidarit

This is not merely about dissent, this is yet another move that almost in every way mirrors the events that took place at Maungapohatu during the time of Rua Kenana. From undercover police, covert photography, unlawful charges and the suppressing of the active movement of Mana Motuhake by use of armed force.

The Crown ironically is right in the middle of negotiations to settle issues with Tuhoe concerning those raids, torture, detainments and murders of Tuhoe people, and while theyre doing that dance on one side, they fucken go and do it again, couldn't even wait will the ink had dried on the Waitangi Tribunal findings into state abuses at Maungapohatu and other places.

I know Minto and crew are all about civil rights and the right to dissent but lets not minimalise the other issue that is just as important and is a part of this thing if not the whole thing, mana motuhake, Tuhoe independent state.

Re: Stop State Persecution of Dissent in New Zealand - Solidarit

... me tino rangatiratanga mo nga iwi me nga hapu katoa!

Re: Stop State Persecution of Dissent in New Zealand - Solidarit

Sure the Tuhoe are legitimate activists but those middle-class liberal militant pakeha poseurs, rich kids one and all, will be most likely joining the Green Party in a few years. How much solidarity will they have with Tuhoe then? Tuhoe, don't trust whitey.

Whitey, grow up and work with your own people.. then offer solidarity once you've built your own movement. I dare you.

Re: Stop State Persecution of Dissent in New Zealand - Solidarit

"Sure the Tuhoe are legitimate activists but those middle-class liberal militant pakeha poseurs, rich kids one and all, will be most likely joining the Green Party in a few years."

What exactly is a legitimate activist? People opposed to the raids by the police come from many different walks of life and can't be confined by your over-generalisations.

"How much solidarity will they have with Tuhoe then? Tuhoe, don't trust whitey.
Whitey, grow up and work with your own people.. then offer solidarity once you've built your own movement. I dare you."

If Tino Rangatiratanga is to become a reality in Aotearoa then Maori, Pakeha and Tau Iwi need to work together... for the forces of the state work together to suppress our voices.

Bluntman.