17 activists arrested, denied bail. 300+ Police raid houses across the country

A feature I just wrote for Aotearoa Indymedia (and hopefully soon Global Indymedia). Love and solidarity to all the arrestees:

17 activists arrested, denied bail. 300+ Police raid houses across the country

In a wave of massive state repression, 300+ Police, in many cases armed, raided houses around the country today making 17 arrests. Search warrants were carried out in Auckland, Whakatane, Ruatoki, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington and Christchurch. Police are also seeking up to 60 people for questioning. The arrestees came from the Tino Rangatiratanga, peace and environmental movements.

Prominent Tino Rangatiratanga activist Tame Iti was among the first arrested at his home at 4am Monday morning. At 6am raids were carried out at A Space Inside anarchist social centre in Auckland [ Search Warrant ] and the 128 activist Community Centre in Wellington [ Video of police raid ]. In Tuhoe Country, the town of Ruatoki was blockaded by armed police for several hours, with no cars allowed in and many searched.

14 of the arrestees appeared in court hearings in Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua and Wellington this afternoon and were all refused bail. All but two recieved name supression.

Stand In Solidarity!

  • Auckland: A solidarity group has been formed, and will meet next on Thursday. Details to come.
  • Wellington: A meeting to “constructively discuss a reaction” will be held on Tuesday at 7:30pm at 128 Abel Smith St and a solidarity demonstration will be held at Wellington District Court at 2pm Wednesday.
  • Christchurch: A solidarity protest will be held in Cathedral Square on Tuesday at 5pm. There will also be another demonstration in Cathedral Square at 12noon on Saturday.
  • Melbourne, Australia: Demonstration in support of the arrestees Tuesday, 11am at the Consulate-General of New Zealand, Suite 2, North Level 3 350 Collins Street.

Links: Video interview with Annette Sykes, lawyer for Tame Iti | TV3 News video

The four Wellington arrestees (2 women and 2 men) have recieved a total of 20 charges. On Wednesday they will be back in court as the prosecution attempts to move their trial to Auckland, while they will have an opportunity to apply for bail hearing on Friday.

5 arrestees (1 woman and 4 men) in Auckland will remain in custody until Friday while a 6th, Jamie Beattie Lockett, who faces 3 charges under the Firearms Act, will have a bail hearing Tuesday morning.

An arrestee in the Hamilton District Court, charged with 6 charges, will appear in the Auckland District Court on Friday.

In Rotorua, Tame Iti, facing 8 charges, will have a bail application heard Tuesday at 3pm. A woman in the Rotorua District Court, facing 5 charges, has been remanded in custody for 2 weeks, although will be allowed to apply for bail during that time.

The Police will make a decision in the coming days/weeks as to whether they will apply to the Solicitor General to allow charges to be laid under the 2002 Terrorism Supression Act. If they do get permission, it would be the first time charges have been laid under the act. There may still be more arrests and more charges as well.

5 Responses to 17 activists arrested, denied bail. 300+ Police raid houses across the country

  1. [...] I love, miss and support you all Like Maia, I’m limited by what I can say thanks to supression orders and exhaustion, but I’m sending my love and support to my friends and others who were arrested today. [...]

  2. Joe Bloggs says:

    Anonymous said…

    I`m very interested in anything you have to say on this. I wouldnt reference you but would like to put an informed post on my blog.

    Email me and i`ll tell you which blog i have and you can decide how much you would like to say.

  3. rick says:

    It’s sad to see more countries taking the American’s side as far as loss of civil liberties under the guise of fighting “terrorism”. Canada’s fresh new Conservative Party government is carrying out the same methods. The word anarchist carries essentially the same conotation for many people as the word terrorist.

  4. jack says:

    Well its about time people realised the ennviro groups are nothing more than terroists ripping off money from people with lies and now they have been caught in the act with weapons ? lets see how you pr your way out of this one you fanatics ! good on you n zealind for catching the worlds worst sly dogs ,the enviros !

  5. Gabs says:

    Was this a joke?
    “jack Says:

    October 25th, 2007 at 12:51 pm
    Well its about time people realised the ennviro groups are nothing more than terroists ripping off money from people with lies and now they have been caught in the act with weapons ? lets see how you pr your way out of this one you fanatics ! good on you n zealind for catching the worlds worst sly dogs ,the enviros !”

    Sure maybe stockpiling molotov cocktails was a bad idea, but how can you label that terrorism; while countries have stockpiles of nuclear and conventional weapons, which they threaten and terrorise each other with to acheive their own means, that being a definition of terrorism?

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