Maori and peace activists rounded up in N.Z. anti terror operation

tame-iti.jpg                                                           Maori Sovereignty activist Tame Iti was one of the 17 people arrested yesterday.  Background on Tame Iti here

Yesterday New Zealand Police broke into several houses, raided a Maori community and arrested 17 people including peace activists and charged them with various firearms offences.

The raids were the culmination of a police operation which had been underway for some time including surveilance and phone tapping. The operation was co-ordinated through the prime minister’s office and is the first time the N.Z. suppression of terrorism act has been used.  According to police they had uncovered a terrorist training camp and a terrorist plot.

The story on  “Stuff”

I don’t know enough of the Maori struggle to give any substantial comment on this development.  However I do know enough about terrorism hysteria and neo-fascism to say the new international anti-terrorism regimes are desperately intent on finding targets to justify their existence, creating hypothetical and just plain false hypotheses to investigate and prosecute. 

I also know enough of the nature of the colonial state to say it will always use the force of the police to repress indigenous power when it begins to threaten colonial interests.

Tame Iti has been previously charged for the ceremonial use of firearms in accordance with tribal protocol.   From nga korero o te wa ……

“Mr Iti had been found guilty of two counts of possessing a firearm in a public place after he fired a shotgun during welcomes for the Waitangi Tribunal at Ruatoki in January 2005.

The court said the prosecution failed to prove any criminal harm from Iti’s action.

Mr Iti says the case was brought because of the grandstanding of former ACT MP Stephen Franks, and he has no grudge against the police for taking it.

“Tuhoe tikanga or any other iwi hapu tikanga always will be in conflict. As long as the judicial system continues to marginalise indigenous people of this country, we always will be in in conflict with it,” Mr Iti says.

He says over the past 15 years he has discharged shotguns on Tuhoe marae in front of a prime minister, a governor general and a police commissioner with no complaints.”

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3 responses to “Maori and peace activists rounded up in N.Z. anti terror operation

  1. Mario

    i think white rules and should rule the world up your new zealand

  2. michael Edwards (im EMO)

    DERRRR! I CUT MY SELF oh the pain feels good

  3. The above 2 comments are from the same person.

    I will leave them up in line with my gereral no censorship policy.

    They are a good indication of the nature of modern racisim – emotive, irrational and anonymous. The person obviously has no intent, and probably no capacity, to offer an opinion and for some reason gets some personal satisfaction from this immature abuse.

    I do not care who they are but I wonder why they need to post under 2 names. I challenge the person to explain themselves and enter into a discussion, or an argument if you prefer.

    The fascist white power notion was developed by the NAZIs and other european political groupings to build an affinity with the “homeland”, although through a mythical and invented history of the evolution of the species to its ultimate whiteness. However white people have no such radical connection to places like Australia and New Zealand. Even the thin line of ideological depth that was behind european fascism has been left behind with these contemporary fascists who seem to feed purely on tickling the hateful side of their own personalities.

    Mario/Michael – do you have any ideas to justify your position or are you just an unevolved amoeba farting toxic fumes as an involuntary response to your own existence?

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