Mr HoWARd sends his congratulations:
…at a function to thank police involved in the APEC operation yesterday, Mr Howard expressed his complete support of all police actions. “I think the Commissioner has done a first class job. A decision was clearly taken – the right decision – that pre-emptive and forward action was better than retaliation and, Commissioner, it worked brilliantly, it really did.” The Premier, Morris Iemma, said police acted appropriately and declared “mission accomplished”. “It could not have happened without the extraordinary level of professionalism,” he said.
And in Wellington [correction: Tamakimakaurau (Auckland)], Aotearoa / New Zealand…
On Sunday September 9 @ 9.30am, two police officers arrived at A Space Inside social centre, on Symonds Street, and arrested one activist for alleged breach of bail conditions in relation to Saturday’s demonstration against the detention of Iranian asylum seekers in Mt Eden prison. When other activists came to his aid, the police sprayed several people in the eyes with pepper spray. According to witnesses, the police did not have a warrant. The arrested activist was beaten by police once he was taken outside the building and was then taken to a police station.