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New Zealand: Operation 8 Trial Ends

Urewera Terror: epic fail

March 21st, 2012 by Lew,

Militant Maori warriors protest anti-terror raids outside parliament buildings.

Whatever your opinion regarding the Urewera Terror raids, you have to admit that the Police and Crown Law have failed.
The so-called “Urewera 4″ were convicted on about half of the least-serious charges brought, and the jury was hung on the more serious charges of participation in an organised criminal group. The defendants may be retried on these latter charges, and they may yet be found guilty. But the paucity of the Police and Crown Law operation is pretty clear regardless. Read the rest of this entry

Maori Warriors On Trial: Operation 8 Court Case

On 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 is now down to four: Taame, Emily, Rangi and Urs.

Their trial started Monday 13th February 2012 in Auckland.  Below are a series of updates from the ongoing court process, beginning with a background article.  More updates can be found at: Read the rest of this entry

Aotearoa: New Zealand Prime Minister forced to abandon speech by Maori protest

A series of corporate news reports on protests held in Aotearoa (New Zealand) during Treaty of Waitangi Day celebrations during which NZ Prime Minister John Key was forced to abandon his speech in the face of hostile protests by Maoris.

PM forced to cut short visit to Waitangi marae

Maori protest during Treaty of Waitangi Celebrations, Feb 2012

Radio New Zealand, Feb 4, 2012
The Prime Minister has cut short his visit to the marae at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands after protest action got too noisy and his speech was drowned out.
John Key led a large party of government ministers, MPs and officials on to Te Tii marae on Sunday morning for an official welcome as part of Waitangi celebrations. Read the rest of this entry