Friday, July 31, 2009

non-violent silent protests - effective and unforgettable

Well, they said they would do it and they have.

"Six members of the so-called Mauri Nation State Hapu yesterday halted the trial briefly to protest at the 'syntax' of the charges laid against Field.

They were moved out of court but have returned this morning with 30 people.

As well as protesting, they are filming their own activities. Use of cameras in the High Court is banned without permission."

"The protestors are led by Tass Davis - an uncle of Maori Party MP Hone Harawira – who in June announced a planned campaign of civil disobedience targeting the homes of high-profile judges and occupying courtrooms to draw attention to the group's bid for a Maori sovereign nation.

The 75-year-old former Auckland police constable said at the time that he expected between 300 and 400 Maori would be involved in the non-violent campaign."

Non-violent, in your face protest. Silent, watching, remembering. Very effective indeed - watch the squirming start.

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