Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Wellington journalist arrested at Genoa

Foreign Affairs have confirmed that the New Zealander arrested at the G8 summit protests in Genoa is Wellington journalist, Sam Buchanan. Mr Buchanan, who has worked for a number of community papers including City Voice, was one of over 90 protesters arrested late on Saturday night in a police raid of a school building rented as a sleeping place for anti-globalisation protestors.

All of the protestors have been simultaneously charged with four charges including unlawful association, possession of a weapon, obstructing police and attempted murder. It is believed that the attempted murder charge is in relation to the death of protester Carlo Giuliana. It is expected however that these charges will be watered down.

Wellington anti-globalisation activist and friend of Mr Buchanan's, Ross Gardiner says, "As media reports say that those inside the school were so severely beaten up by police they could not walk, we are naturally very concerned about Sam's well being. Thirty ambulances were needed to take the injured people away. Many of those beaten were asleep at the time the police raided as it was after midnight. We are also concerned about the charges laid against all the protesters as it appears obvious that the police arrested any protestor or independent media person on very dubious grounds. There is clear photographic evidence that shows police shooting and then running over Carlo Giuliana, the attempted murder charge is just bizarre."

At the same time as the raid on the school building, police also raided the Independent Media Centre. After smashing their way in and firing tear gas, they smashed computers and took documents.

Mr Buchanan has been moved with others to a jail in Alessandra, outside of Genoa, and is not allowed to contact anyone. The protesters will be tried collectively in two or three days.

At 12 noon this Thursday, 26th of July, people will meet at the Italian Embassy in Wellington to protest treatment of protestors at the G8 summit and to show solidarity for Mr Buchanan and others arrested and injured.

Press release from Sam’s friends and family.

*** What you can do:

1) wherever you are around the country - write or fax the Italian Ambassador and tell him what you think about the treatment of protestors by the Italian police. Contact details are: Dr Roberto Palmeiri, Italian Embassy, 34 Grant Road, Thorndon, Wellington or fax him at 04 472 7255.

2) If you are in Wellington - join the protest on THURSDAY, 26 July, 12 noon, at the Italian Embassy, 34 Grant Road (Tinakori Road), Wellington.

*** For more information

Further information about the events in Genoa can be obtained from the Independent Media Centre website:


<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
Peace Movement Aotearoa
the national networking peace group
PO Box 9314, Wellington, Aotearoa / New Zealand.
tel +64 4 382 8129, fax 382 8173,
website
Internet Peace Gateway
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Principals' Federation:
End Of National Standards

Today the Minister of Education announced that the Government has stopped the controversial National Standards system of assessment and declared them an arbitrary measure which did not raise children's achievement as the previous Government intended.

"This is such a win for all the principals who never believed in national standards and who, for the past decade, have argued for what is morally right for our nation's young people and their learning," said Cormick. More>>

 

Public Good: People’s Report On Public Broadcasting And Media Presented

The People’s Commission on Public Broadcasting and Media, was crowdfunded and was informed by an extensive consultation, seeking the views of both those working in Media as well as gathering input both online and in person from ordinary Citizens. More>>

ALSO:

RBNZ To RNZB: PM's Press Conference

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern was joined by Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and Minister for Children Tracey Martin to announce the appointment of Adrian Orr as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank and the name change of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children to ‘Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children’. More>>

ALSO:

'Taming Globalised Capital': Why Is Labour Supporting Investment Rules In WTO?

‘Today, we learned the new government has added New Zealand’s name to a proposal designed to lead to foreign investment rules in the WTO at this week’s ministerial meeting in Argentina,’ said Auckland University Professor Jane Kelsey. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Scaring Voters Back Into Line

Fear has always been a useful mobilising tool in politics… yet in 2017, bogeymen of all shapes and sizes seem to have fallen on hard times. For years, the National party had painted itself as being the only reliable defensive bastion against the terrifying prospect of a centre-left government… More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Drinking Water As A Failure Of Political Leadership

It is almost possible to feel sorry for the Health Ministry in their terrible, no good, very bad week... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages