Spies and Government need to Apologise to Our Community
Spies and Government need to Apologise to Our
The environmental group Coromandel Watchdog of
Hauraki is furious that emails reveal spy firm Thompson and
Clark were trying to use their relationships with MBIE
officials to contact mining companies in the Hauraki
“It is clear that Thompson and Clark wanted work
spying on our community and that their relationship with
MBIE officials included this kind of cooperation.
welcome the Government investigation into the nature of
relationship but we want an apology from both Thompson and
Clark and the Government for cooperating to undermine our
peaceful work to protect the environment” said Coromandel
Watchdog spokesperson Augusta Macassey-Pickard.
Macassey Pickard said that while it was important to
investigate this unacceptable level of collusion, enough is
known already to warrant an immediate apology to the
communities opposed to mining.
“The emails show Thompson
and Clark had access and personal connections to officials
which allowed them to request help to spy on us. Where was
the professional judgement and moral compass of the
officials? And why do Thompson and Clark think spying on
groups with a 30 year tradition of non violence is
justified? We want an apology from all parties involved and
we hope the extended Inquiry will shut down this type of
outrageous and anti democratic
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