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New Zealand: A Deathtrap for Environmental Activists

Posted by te2ataria on March 25, 2009

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The Swiss Knife of French Intelligence Folds—permanently

french-assassinXavier Maniguet: French Navy officer, expert diver, parachutist, acrobatic pilot, sailor, doctor specializing in diving injuries and aeronautical health, French Secret Service agent AND assassin. Photo: AFP. Source:  Ouest France. Image may be subject to copyright.

Xavier Maniguet, 62,  one of a group of assassins who helped destroy Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior was reportedly killed in a plane crash.

Xavier Maniguet, also a flying instructor, was killed when his plane crashed in the French Alps near the resort of Saint-Sorlin-d’Arves.

Greenpeace flagship the Rainbow Warrior was bombed in Auckland Harbor because it  was campaigning against French nuclear testing in the South Pacific in 1985.

Dutch-Portuguese photographer Fernando Pereira was killed in the blast on July 10, 1985.

Thanks (!) to the NZ Security Intelligence Service (SIS), the French Secret Service bombing mission succeeded and Xavier Maniguet escaped without any problem.

Two other French assassins, Dominique Prieur and Alain Mafart, were later jailed for 10 years for manslaughter; however, New Zealand government allowed them to walk free because the French government had threatened to expose the NZ SIS link in the Rainbow Warrior bombing, codenamed operation Satanic.

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    Links to NYTR have been removed – content of the page follows: [NYTr] New Zealand Must Stop Repression of Maori All the News That Doesn’t Fit nytr at blythe-systems.com Mon Oct 22 20:03:14 EDT 2007 (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 Zealand’s 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 Zealand’s 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 for support http://rtsf.wordpress.com/maori-plea-for-support/ 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 South America. 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 Arctic. http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2007/10/global-oppression-intense-as-indigenous.html 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. Sina Brown-Davis Te Roroa, Te Uriohau, Fale Ula, Vava’u 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 is devastating. 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 their families. 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 Embassy’s;- 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 Embassy’s, 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: http://www.indymedia.org.nz/ http://www.stuff.co.nz/4240168a25364.html 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. Mauriora, Kiritapu Allan Co – Director, Conscious Collaborations http://www.conscious.maori.nz/ Collaborations http://www.conscious.maori.nz/ “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 else’s enjoyment, Fight, not Talk.” -http://uriohau.blogspot.com/ *** New Zealand Herald – Oct 21, 2007 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10471106&pnum=0 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 napalm. 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 entertainer. 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 off. 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 silly. 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 economic infrastructure. 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 very minor. 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 secret police. *** New Zealand Herald – Oct 21, 2007 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/feature/story.cfm?c_id=1501470&objectid=10471112 Editorial: 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 http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/10/19/2064563.htm 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 villages. “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.” Tense situation But Mr Sharples says the raids were paramilitary and unnecessarily threatening. “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, etc.-NY Transfer] Indymedia New Zealand – Oct 20, 2007 http://www.indymedia.org.nz/ Raise your voice before you lose your soul – protests across Aotearoa by AIMC 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 http://www.civilrightsdefence.org.nz. Auckland: Demonstration Saturday Oct 27th at 12 noon meeting in Aotea Square. 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. Updates 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 in custody. 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. Updates 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 Sydney. 12:30pm 100+ people have gathered in an Auckland solidarity demo in Aotea Square. 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 Christchurch. =================================================== 27 Aug 2009 – 8 Dec 2010 [NYTr] New Zealand Must Stop Repression of Maori All the News That Doesn’t Fit nytr at blythe-systems.com Mon Oct 22 20:03:14 EDT 2007 Previous message: [NYTr] Israel shaken by troops’ tales of brutality against Palestinians Next message: [NYTr] NZ attacks on Maori: Earlier Reports (Very messy) Messages sorted by: [ date ] [ thread ] [ subject ] [ author ] (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 Zealand’s 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 Zealand’s 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 for support http://rtsf.wordpress.com/maori-plea-for-support/ 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 South America. 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 Arctic. http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2007/10/global-oppression-intense-as-indigenous.html 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. Sina Brown-Davis Te Roroa, Te Uriohau, Fale Ula, Vava’u 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 is devastating. 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 their families. 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 Embassy’s;- 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 Embassy’s, 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: http://www.indymedia.org.nz/ http://www.stuff.co.nz/4240168a25364.html 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. Mauriora, Kiritapu Allan Co – Director, Conscious Collaborations http://www.conscious.maori.nz/ Collaborations http://www.conscious.maori.nz/ “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 else’s enjoyment, Fight, not Talk.” -http://uriohau.blogspot.com/ *** New Zealand Herald – Oct 21, 2007 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10471106&pnum=0 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 napalm. 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 entertainer. 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 off. 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 silly. 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 economic infrastructure. 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 very minor. 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 secret police. *** New Zealand Herald – Oct 21, 2007 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/feature/story.cfm?c_id=1501470&objectid=10471112 Editorial: 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 http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/10/19/2064563.htm 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 villages. “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.” Tense situation But Mr Sharples says the raids were paramilitary and unnecessarily threatening. “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, etc.-NY Transfer] Indymedia New Zealand – Oct 20, 2007 http://www.indymedia.org.nz/ Raise your voice before you lose your soul – protests across Aotearoa by AIMC 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 http://www.civilrightsdefence.org.nz. Auckland: Demonstration Saturday Oct 27th at 12 noon meeting in Aotea Square. 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. Updates 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 in custody. 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. Updates 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 Sydney. 12:30pm 100+ people have gathered in an Auckland solidarity demo in Aotea Square. 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 Christchurch. Previous message: [NYTr] Israel shaken by troops’ tales of brutality against Palestinians Next message: [NYTr] NZ attacks on Maori: Earlier Reports (Very messy) Messages sorted by: [ date ] [ thread ] [ subject ] [ author ] More information about the NYTr mailing list

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