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New Zealanders protest Urewera raids

Hadyn Jones

Published: 3:27PM Saturday October 20, 2007 Source: Newstalk ZB/One News

Growing anger over the police terror raids has seen hundreds of people hit the streets the length of the country. 
The protesters say the raids were an abuse of civil liberties and they are calling for the 17 people charged to be released on bail.

Protestors from different groups in different cities all headed for the same place - the local police station.

Outraged Aucklanders gathered outside Aotea Square demonstrating against nationwide anti-terrorism raids and demanded the government withdraw the Terrorism Suppression Amendment Bill.

They also called for immediate bail for those arrested in this week's anti-terror raids.

Spearheading Saturdays's gathering was Global Peace and Justice spokesman Mike Treen.

He says its outrageous peace groups and environmental activists are being smeared with the word terror - especially before the Attorney-General has been approached to see if terror charges should be laid.

The Aotea Square activists believe police crossed the line this week in their handling of anti-terror arrests.

Treen says dozens of people's homes have been raided, and countless families have been disrupted.

He says a Darth Vader police force in para-military uniforms has been terrorising whole communities.

Mike Treen aslo says they are calling for an International Correct Day of Action next Saturday.