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IPCA Investigates Police Action at Blockade the Budget Protest

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A complaint laid by the Blockade the Budget group regarding police action on the 1st of June is being investigated by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA). In the aftermath of the protest, the Blockade the Budget group were informed of numerous instances of police brutality and outrage at the unwarranted suppression of peaceful assembly on university grounds. After collecting evidence from a number of participants at the protest, the Blockade the Budget group laid an official complaint with the Authority. The complaint addressed the excessive use of force by the police during the protest, including the use of kettling, and the right to freedom of speech, assembly and movement. There were also concerns expressed about police officers with no identification at the protest.

The Authority has decided to investigate the complaint directly, using its powers under s 17(1)(a) of the Independent Police Conduct Authority Act 1988, which reflects the importance of these issues.

Blockade the Budget will be continuing their protests against cuts to education across all sectors at 1pm on the 21st of July at Britomart.

Links: Blockade the Budget (Facebook) | Statement of intent

Operation ‘Ardire’ : anarchists locked up!

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Operation ‘Ardire’ led to the arrests of several anarchists across Italy in dawn-raids on 13th June. The carabiniers of the Special Operations Group (Raggruppamento Operativo Speciale, ROS) raided about forty homes. Eight people have been jailed. A further two alleged to have been part of a 'terrorist group', Gabriel Pombo da Silva and Marco Camenisch, are already serving jail sentences in Germany and Switzerland and have been incarcerated for many years. The allegation is that Gabriel and Marco were the masterminds, directing militant actions from prison. The whole case involves 24 people which also includes members of the Greek group 'Conspiracy of Cells of Fire'.

It is understood that the allegation is that the arrestees are part of the Informal Anarchist Federation, a group that is alleged to have played a role in letter bombs sent to various embassies in recent years. It also claimed responsibility for shooting Roberto Adinolfi, the chief executive of a company linked to Italian defence conglomerate Finmeccanica, in the knee in May. The people arrested are not facing charges for that shooting.

A big debate is raging in Italian anarchist circles around the actions of the Informal Anarchist Federation, with some claiming that that group is in fact a state fabrication to justify repression against anarchists. However, it appears that at least some quarters are supportive of the actions taken by the Informal Anarchist Federation (which is also active in the UK, Chile and Indonesia).

According to the prosecution, Gabriel Pombo da Silva was able to communicate with people in Italy using a cellphone. The calls were intercepted. He is alleged to have encouraged people by saying: "We will an answer. Bang bang bang, you understand?"

Links: No solidarity with “anarchist” letter bombers | Italian Anarchist Federation statement on bombings | Massive international repressive operation ‘Ardire’ launched against anarchists; A statement from Tomo + Prisoner addresses (Italy)

Battery hen operation blockaded

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The country’s largest battery hen operation at Waikouaiti north of Dunedin was blockaded by animal rights activists on 7 metre high tripods. The Coalition to End Factory Farming began their audacious road blockade early this morning on the company’s only vehicle access road to protest hen cruelty and halt production. Three people were arrested by police using a cherry picker.

Coalition to End Factory Farming spokesperson, Deirdre Sims, says she and fellow activists are currently suspended from the top of steel towering tripods on the road and chained to a gate, forming a blockade. “By design, any attempt to remove the tripods, will put our lives at risk,” she says.

“Today’s action has effectively shut down Mainland Poultry and halted the distribution of cruelly produced eggs to their suppliers,” says Coalition spokesperson, Carl Scott, who spent one month inside a cage outside Mainland Poultry last year. [ MORE ]

Update: The three protesters arrested have since been released without charge.

Links: Photos | Open Rescue | SAFE media release

Winter of dissent - Aotearoa is not for sale

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The growing movement against the sale of state assets has a busy month ahead with a national day of action on 14 July and the National Party conference in Auckland on 21/22 July. The government plans to sell up to 49% of Genesis Power Limited, Meridian Energy Ltd, Mighty River Power Ltd, Solid Energy New Zealand Ltd and Air New Zealand Ltd. Share prices will start at $1000 so that New Zealanders can, according to Key, buy the assets. But as pointed out by Labour deputy leader Grant Robertson, most Kiwis don't have a spare $1000. "Most New Zealanders I talk to about the asset sales are worried about paying their power bill not buying a power company."

Only on Friday, John Key was confronted by a noisy group of protesters in Whanganui angry about the government's agenda.

The Mixed Ownership Model Bill has passed its second reading in parliament last week yet every opinion poll makes it obvious that a clear majority of the population is opposed to selling the assets.

Links: Referendum | Aotearoa is not for sale | Auckland 14 July | Napier 30 June | Upcoming events

Prisoner protest at Paremoremo

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Two prisoners have been conducting a protest at Paremoremo prison for two days. They scaled a disused watchtower in the prison yard and have barricaded themselves in. They have been there now for two nights. The two have communicated with 'corrections' staff by writing in toothpaste on the window saying that they are conducting a peaceful protest over prison conditions and wish to speak to prisoner rights campaigner, Peter Williams.

Government exercising its barriers

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Today was the culmination of an eight week long exercise by 18 government agencies named “Exercise Barrier 2012”. The purpose was to “make sure New Zealand is fully prepared to respond to a mass arrival by sea of potentially illegal immigrants”, according to Immigration Minister Nathan Guy. The exercise involved 100 actors, hired to pretend to be refugees who arrived at the Devonport Naval base. The exercise cost around $200,000.

Anti-Marines Protests in Wellington

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DescriptionThere were two anti-US Marine Corp protests in Wellington on Thursday. The first was at the National War memorial on Buckle Street. The 70th anniversary of the US Marine Corp arrival in NZ was the ostensible reason for all of these public pro-war propaganda events. A group of people including members of the Concerned Citizens collective, Peace Action Wellington and the Catholic Workers staged a picket at the war memorial. Concerned citizen’s member Murdoch Stephens laid a wreath for the victims of war who had been ignored.

The Prime Minister, Governor-General Jerry Mataparae, US Ambassador David Huebner, head of the RSA, David Shearer and ex-Labour leader Phil Goff were all there to show their devotion to the US imperial killing mission.

When Key, Mataparae and Huebner appeared after the ceremony, they were all verbally confronted by a person who was picketing with the group. Goff was also harassed as the person who initiated New Zealand’s involvement in the now 11 year deployment to Afghanistan where an estimated 30,000 people have been killed. 

The second anti-war event was at Parliament in the evening. Some photos and information can be found here:

 http://www.facebook.com/events/309167269170606/

Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ) - Stop the drilling

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DescriptionThe Government is currently asking for public submissions on the types of activities that should be permitted within New Zealand's coastal waters, and the regulations needed for those that are. These activities would include deep sea oil drilling and seabed mining.There is opposition to drilling all around Aotearoa. Last year's Rena oil spill has made it clear that the government is not capable of dealing with a spill.

Greenpeace has set up an easy to use submission form online so you can tell the government that no amount of legislation or regulation can keep us safe from the risk of a massive oil spill.

LINKS: Greenpeace Submission Form | Ministry 'for' the Environment | Harawira 'apology'

Aotearoa is not for sale - Taame and Rangi out of jail!

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DescriptionOn Monday, October 15th 2007, more than 300 police carried out dawn raids on dozens of houses all over Aotearoa / New Zealand. Police claim the raids were in response to 'concrete terrorist threats' from indigenous activists. What initially started with 20 defendants resulted in the trial of four - Taame, Emily, Rangi and Urs - which concluded on 20 March 2012.

The trial lasted for 5 weeks and resulted in a hung jury on the most serious charge of 'participation in an organised criminal group' (Sec 98a of the Crimes Act). The crown has decided not to seek a retrial on this charge. On 24 May, the four were sentenced on firearms charges. Taame and Rangi have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 2.5 years. The sentence for Urs and Emily is 9 months home detention; their sentencing has been adjourned until 21 June in order that arrangements for electronic monitoring can be made.

Write to Taame and Rangi - letters addressed to Taame Iti or Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara at

Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara #80192504
Springhill Prison
Private bag 503
Huntly 3740

Taame Iti #84563
Waikeria Prison
Private Bag 2400
Te Awamutu 3840

Please feel free to send messages to Taame or Rangi by emailing info@october15thsolidarity.info All emails will be printed off and sent to them.

Urewera 4 trial starts Monday

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Tena koutou,

this is the last newsletter before the trial against Taame, Emily, Rangi and Urs gets underway in the Auckland High Court on Monday, 13th February 2012. The trial is expected to last up to three months. In this jam-packed newsletter, we have put together information about the defendants and the people who want to lock them up, last minute updates on upcoming events (there is a powhiri at Waipapa Marae (16 Wynyard Street, Auckland Uni) this Sunday at 5pm for the defendants and supporters) and reflecting on the past 4.5 years.

Now is the time to stand in solidarity with the defendants who are facing long prison sentences and expose the police racism and state terrorism. Our friends are not terrorists, nor are they criminals. They are committed to the liberation struggle - FREE THE UREWERA 4!

There is a Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/October-15-Solidarity/25598818522) and group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/323932007641750/) and a Twitter feed (@oct15solidarity) to keep you up to date.

See you in Auckland.

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