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11.11.07

Another misuse of terror laws

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 aking@ministers.govt.nz to make your feelings known.

1 comment:

Political Umpire said...

1. The majority of those arrested were not Maori (note you misspelled the name).

2. The charges under the anti-terror legislation were dropped because the act had been poorly drafted, and was unworkable. That had no bearing on the conduct of the particular individuals.

3. Many of those arrested were in fact re-charged with firearms offences.

4. If the government had some bee in its bonnet about the Maori language etc, wouldn't it be simpler just to cut funding (as is ritually demanded by certain conservative voters) to Maori language schools etc?

5. "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."

Who are these "some people" making hysterical claims? Why have you not provided any links on this story?

6. Suggested link: http://www.stuff.co.nz/4272032a25422.html