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"Terrorist Army" forms in Melbourne

"Terrorist Army" forms in Melbourne

In response to raids and arrests in Aotearoa, 30 people gathered to protest outside the New Zealand Consulate-General in inner city Melbourne today.

At 2pm NZ time, members of the group donned a number of repertory style military hats and proclaimed the establishment of an Insurrectionary Army.

A spokesperson said, "If evidence of terrorism now includes wearing military camouflage and crawling through the bush, then wearing a fighter pilots skull-cap and sailors hat surely makes us a threat to National Security. We are here to point out that the New Zealand and Australian definition of a 'Terrorist' is now so broad as to be meaningless."

The group then launched an air strike on the NZ Consulate, throwing several paper airplanes at the plate glass.

Several people spoke, expressing concern and solidarity for all those in New Zealand affected by aggressive police actions. Comparisons were made with tactics of police intimidation in Australia and the US, where serious charges against political activists are widely publicised, later to be quietly dropped for lack of evidence.

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Video of event to be uploaded at www.engagemedia.org later today.

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