Another misuse of new Terror laws
The New Zealand Government is using its Suppression of Terrorism Act 2002 to arrest members of the Moari community, in an attempt, some people are claiming, to break up what has become quite an effective language, political and cultural revival.
Last month the police raided the houses of Moari political and language activists and arrested a number of is members. The excuse of the police was that these Moari's were engaged in terrorist activity, after a group of hunters stumbled on an IRA style training camp in the countryside.
With these powers, the police have been able to raid activists from the Maori community, confiscating property such as books and computers, and arrests and holding individuals for extended periods. Surprise, surprise the police have not been able to make the charges stick and the majority of those arrested will have to be released.
For a number of Cornish political and cultural activists in Cornwall, this sounds like an all too familiar story.
Email Annette King - Minister of Police in New Zealand at firstname.lastname@example.org to make your feelings known.