I love, miss and support you all

October 16, 2007

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.

The State has no problem searching a children’s schoolbus at gunpoint. What kind of scum could do such a thing? The people of Tuhoe have suffered at the hand of the State for far too long, this is just the latest in a long line of indignations they have been subjected to.

All my solidarity goes out to those arrested. Wherever you are, go to the following events, and if there isn’t one where you live, organised one!

  • 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!
  • Auckland: A solidarity group has been formed, and will meet next on Thursday. Details to come.
  • Lower Kaimai: A weekend has been organised to discuss and organise in solidarity with the arrestees [ Callout ].
  • 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.

UPDATES

Tuesday 16th

12:10pm – Jamie Beattie Lockett, who faces three charges under the arms act, was released on bail after a hearing in the Auckland District Court today.

12:43pm – Word is that people in Auckland are now being called in by Police for questioning. Our love and solidarity to all, and we strongly urge you to make no comment.

12:55pm – Supporters delivered reading material and money to the four Wellington arrestees last night and this morning.

3:12pm – A report back from the Melbourne Solidarity Demo said there were around 30 people and lots of media.


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

October 15, 2007

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.


Police raid houses across Aotearoa under anti-terrorism legislation, at least a dozen arrests

October 15, 2007

Early this morning there were simultaneous raids across the North Island, in Auckland, Whakatane, Wellington, Ruatoki, and Hamilton. Later in the morning, Police came to at least four houses in Christchurch. Seventeen people have been arrested so far, and reports are that up to 60 are being sought for questioning.

The raids were under the Suppression Of Terrorism Act and the Firearms Act. They have been targetted at people involved in the Tino Rangatiratanga, Peace and Environmental movements.

TV3 footage of the raid on 128, the Wellington activist community centre, can be viewed at www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/2303.html. The search warrant enacted on A Space Inside, an Auckland activist social centre, can be viewed at img.scoop.co.nz/stories/images/0710/c98ad99d9861928dc3ce.jpeg

Check out Aotearoa Indymedia – http://www.indymedia.org.nz for more details as they come to hand.

Support the arrestees!

Auckland – There will be a meeting today (Monday) at 5:30pm at the Unite offices on Queen St to plan a response.

Christchurch – There will be a meeting today (Monday) at 6:30pm at the Otautahi Social Centre (206 Barbadoes St) to discuss what has happened and plan for solidarity with the arrestees.

There has been a rally in support called for tomorrow (Tuesday) in Cathedral Square at 5pm.

Melbourne – There will be a demonstration in support of the arrestees tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Consulate-General of New Zealand, Suite 2, North Level 3 350 Collins Street at 11am.
Updates

1:43pm – The people arrested in Wellington will apparently appear in court at 2:15pm, and word is that cops will be opposing bail. It is not yet known what charges have been laid. Tame Iti will face arms charges in the Rotorua District Court this afternoon.

3:13pm – The four Wellington arrestees are still waiting to be heard in court, but we have recieved information that they are being charged with possession of firearms and ammunition at some point in the past.

3:52pm – It is now being reported that there have been around 20 arrests, including 10 in Auckland, 4 in Wellington and 2 in Rotorua.

4:19pm – From the corporate media: The operation “will probably be going on for a couple of days yet,” Jane Archibald, a police spokeswoman based in Wellington. It is also being reported that over 300 police officers were involved nationwide.

5:08pm – Just recieved word that the four Wellington arrestees have been denied bail, and will be back in court on Wednesday. No word yet on the arrestees in the other centres.

5:26pm – All four Wellington arrestees have recieved name suppression.

6:34pm – Reports are that 17 people were arrested in total today. In Auckland, there were apparently only 6 arrests (not 10 as reported earlier), 5 of whom have name supression.


Some things never change…

October 14, 2007

The President can commit the country to war without much consultation with the legislative branch of government. He seems to sanguinely pass judgement of innocent and guilt in his public remarks on matters currently under consideration by a jury

To be sure, the congress has not been dissolved. At this writing, the supreme court is still meeting to decide vital questions of constitutional law. But the autonomy of the two branches of government seems to be in question. The executive branch, acting in behalf of the ruling class, but often without their consent, seems to suffer the supreme arrogance of power. Senators are reduced to delivering feeble whining protests against this concentration of power.

One might think that these words were written about George W Bush. Rather, I got them from a pamphlet I’m currently reading, called Honor America – The nature of fascism, historic struggles against it and a strategy for today by Stanley Aronowitz. It was released in 1970.

Some things never change, eh?


Holy shit.

October 13, 2007

This blog is generally restricted to political posts, and I mostly try to avoid posting really random shit. But, I do have a random category, and every now and then I see something that demands posting.

It might be the fact that it’s 3:25am, and I haven’t had much sleep lately, but this video is amazing. Go watch it now.


Book launch: Rabble Rousers & Merry Pranksters

October 6, 2007

Rabble Rousers and Merry Pranksters: A History of Anarchism in Aotearoa/New Zealand from the mid-1950s to the early 1980s.
By Toby Boraman.

CHRISTCHURCH
Tuesday 9 October 6-9pm
Otautahi Social Centre – 206 Barbadoes St. (old Corso building, near corner of Barbadoes and Tuam)

WELLINGTON
Saturday 13 October 7-9pm
The Freedom Shop/Oblong Internet Café – Left Bank Arcade off Cuba Mall, Cuba St.

AUCKLAND
To be announced, sometime in November.

Free food and drink will be provided at all the launches. Bring your friends and family. All welcome (regardless of your opinion of anarchism!)

Rabble Rousers and Merry Pranksters captures some of the imagination, the audacity, the laughs and the wildness that animated many of the social movements of the sixties and seventies in Aotearoa/New Zealand. If you’re curious about the tumultuous protests and the freedom-loving movements of the sixties and seventies, then this is the book for you!

Read more about the book at Aotearoa Indymedia.

To read an excerpt from the book, go to http://www.rabblerousers.co.nz (website is under construction)

Rabble Rousers and Merry Pranksters is jointly published by Katipo Books (web: http://www.katipo.net.nz, e-mail: info [at] katipo [dot] net [dot] nz) and Irrecuperable Press (e-mail: irrecuperablepress [at] gmail [dot] com).

If you can’t make the book launch, the book can be purchased online at www.katipo.net.nz and through Irrecuperable Press by post — and hopefully in some disreputable bookstores — after the book has been launched. Pre-release orders are welcome; e-mail the addresses above.


Our World Is Not For Sale protest video

October 3, 2007

If you don’t see the embedded video below, click here.


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