Monday, October 15, 2007

Terrorists!

Political activists, beware! You are all under suspicion of terrorism. In order to make yourself appear innocent when raided, I suggest you get rid of the following paraphernalia that may be in your possession:

-Pamphlets.
-Proof of communication between yourself and anyone considered 'radical.' This of course, includes Greenpeace and Save Happy Valley activists. (those militant thugs)
-Your big mouth. It's not OK to talk about anarchism.
(And obviously, weapons. Weapons are bad and if you have them then you should, probably, be arrested)

But I suspect that the raids that took place today did not uncover any weapons from groups like Save Happy Valley and Aotearoa Anarchists. And I don't think it's OK for innocent people to have their homes raided, and their address splashed across national newspapers.

It also makes me uncomfortable to see that the Terrorism Suppression Act bypasses our right to freedom of association, making it illegal to 'take part in a terrorist organisation.' Where do you draw the line? What is a terrorist organisation? It seems the finger is being pointed at radical, but reasonably harmless groups.

Don't get me wrong. I certainly don't support violent anti-government groups, or even anti-government groups for that matter. Or even political parties that aren't in government. And I would like to see the Sky Tower, that symbol of oppression, stay intact, thank you very much.

I just think that raiding all political activist groups goes a bit overboard, and is not only unecessary but entirely self defeating. I'm not so naive that I think no such violent anti-government activity goes on in New Zealand, but I think that doing things like this will make people afraid that there is more going on than there actually is.

And cause unecessary fuss. And make people suspicious of one another, and intolerant of different beliefs. And waste tax payer money.

It will be interesting to see the public's reaction to today's events.

4 comments:

Asher said...

For what it's worth, there's no such group as Aotearoa Anarchists. Never has been.

Aotearoa Anarchist is the name of a magazine, put out by the Wellington Wildcat Anarchist Collective. Great investigative reporting, NZ Herald ;)

Lulu said...

True! Yeah that Herald, they go so in depth. I wonder what group that guy was associated with.

STC said...

The police said they weren't interested in Save Happy Valley campaigners, merely that people involved in that group lived with someone they were looking for.

Frankly I think some of the people jumping to the conclusion that the police are ogres should wait for more information before coming to a judgement - if the police have overreacted, and that is a possibility, then they surely should be criticised for it, but we don't know yet.

Lulu said...

Of course we don't know yet... It was merely an observation from the information we do know, and I do think from that, they have overreacted.