“The Urewera Four”
by Patrick O'Brien
On 15 October 2007 — following an 18-month undercover police operation — the New Zealand Government carried out a series of dawn raids on the homes of its citizens using armed police wearing masks.
Put simply, this was a terrorist attack by the Crown against its citizens and these events have been well canvassed in the full length documentary film, Operation 8, plus Vince Siemer’s in-depth article, The Operation-8 Saga, at Kiwis First, to list just two sources.
Today, four remaining defendants — Urewera Four — begin their trial in the High Court at Auckland . . .
● ‘October 15th Solidarity’ ~ Legal Updates
Time-line of court proceedings since 2007 . . .
● ‘Protests as Urewera trial begins’ ~ New Zealand Herald
February 13, 2012 ― “The trial has begun more than four years after armed police descended on the East Coast township of Ruatoki.”
● ‘Urewera four plead not guilty’ ~ Stuff | Fairfax Media
February 13, 2012 ― “The ‘Urewera four’ have pleaded not guilty to all charges against them in the High Court at Auckland this morning. The charges laid against the four – Tame Iti, Emily Bailey, Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara and Urs Signer – were read to the court before each one responded.”
● ‘Urewera trial start, Crown propaganda begins’ ~ Press Release | Scoop
February 13, 2012 ― “We hope people in this country will see through the crown propaganda of the next few weeks and see this case for what it is: the state stifling political dissent and repressing the aspirations of Maori for control over their lives, the lands and their resources.”
Ongoing . . .