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(en) PGA*-inspired newsletter, #3 - Police raid in activists houses in New Zealand + 300 on the streets of Helsinki for squat Elimki

Date Sat, 08 Dec 2007 16:56:02 +0200



Police raid in activists houses in New Zealand ---- On 15th October, 300+ Police
- in many cases armed - raided houses Throughout Aotearoa (New Zealand) making
17 arrests. The arrestees are all activists in The Tino Rangatiratanga (Maori
self-determination), peace and environmental movements. They have initially been
charged with with various offenses relating to alleged past possession of
various firearms and ammunition; however police are considering laying charges
under the 2002 Suppression of Terrorism Act. ---- These aggressive raids are an
attempt to criminalise dissent and smear critics of government and corporate
policies with the "terrorist" label. You can find more information on
www.scoop.co.nz or www.indymedia.org.nz. Most of those arrested have been denied
bail and remain in prison. As well as legal fees, they need help paying for
their expenses while in jail, such as: phone cards and toiletries; paying any
bills they are now unable to meet as in most cases their income has been or soon
will be stopped; and petrol costs to allow family and friends to visit them.

Please donate whatever you can. You can send money via Paypal to
prisonersupport@peacewellington.org or use the following link:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_xclick&business=prisonersupport
%40peacewellington%2eorg&currency_code=NZD&lc=NZ&bn=PP
%2dDonationsBF&charset=UTF%2d8
(You don't need to have a Paypal account, you can pay directly with your credit
card.)
If you are currently in Aotearoa and want to donate, we ask you to make a direct
bank account deposit. Obviously we greatly appreciate all donations however they
are received, but Paypal charges a fee on most transactions, while bank account
deposits mean that all your money can be used to help the prisoners.
The bank account details are:
Account Name: Peace Action Wellington
Account Number: 02-0536-0458570-00
Particulars/Code/Reference: LEGAL DEF
All the prisoners have our support, but donations will be
prioritised to the four arrested in Wellington simply because there are other
groups looking after prisoners in their local areas.
If you are not able to donate, here are some ways you can help from overseas:
- Forward this email as widely as you can
- Get the word out - educate yourself on what has been happening and tell your
friends, co-workers, family
- Write letters of support - messages emailed to lettersforprisoners@riseup.net
will be printed and sent to those in prison. Obviously do not write anything
that may negatively impact on the prisoners, yourself or someone else.

- If you speak another language, translate this email - and then pass it on.
- Post this information on your website, blog or independent media site. See
http://www.peacewellington.org/donate.txt for the HTML for a paypal button.
- Write letters of protest to your local New Zealand embassy or high commission
(contact details at http://www.nzembassy.com/)
- Organise a solidarity demonstration - and send us pictures!
- KEEP UP THE FIGHT. The arrestees were all dedicated to making the world a
better place, one without war, oppression or the destruction of the environment.
Police violence, accusations of terrorism and repressive legislation are all
used to intimidate us and protect the status-quo ­ but it is only by standing up
in the face of all that that we can really make a difference. Kia Kaha (stay
strong).
Yours in solidarity: Anna prisonersupport@peacewellington.org
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We get more time - 300 on the streets of Helsinki for squat Elimki

Thursday was a day of victory for the squatting scene in Helsinki. 300 people
defied the really shitty weather and gathered to demonstrate at the Youth
Department of the city to show their support to the social centre Elimki, aka
squat E15. The Youth Department of Helsinki had gathered to decide on whether to
rent the squatted house on Elimenkatu (Elimkistreet) to be used as a social
centre for the youth of the city. This was the second time officials from the
city came together to decide on the issue. After postponing the decision at
their first meeting a month ago the board now unanimously decided to investigate
the real condition of our house. The decision can be understood as an official
recognition of the importance to have an autonomous space in Helsinki.
The house on Elimenkatu has been deemed in very bad condition by the officials
of the city. The statement has been supported by no real measurements or data
whatsoever and on the contrary been proved wrong by the investigations we
ourselves have made. This fact got recognized by the board of the Youth
Department in their decision to appoint a private construction firm to
investigate further on the matter.
The solution that the squatters and some people from the city have been working
on is to have the house rented by the Youth Department to be used as an
autonomous social centre. The house has been in this use since it was squatted
in the beginning of August. After a long period of bad events on our issue the
outlook is now better. But it would be overtly optimistic to say that if the
investigations on our house turn out to be good the city would support us.
During the last months the politicians and officials of the city have been
changing their statements on whether to legalise the house or not on a daily
basis. The Finnish media does not follow the game in the side-scenes where
politicians and officials are manipulating each other to topple our project. We
are far from securing the only social centre in Helsinki but much closer than
before.
However the situation of Squat E15 develops the squatting scene in Helsinki and
other Finnish cities is now stronger than ever before. We are constantly growing
in numbers and a support demo of 300 people (or more) is more than we ever could
have mustered half a year ago. We now have recognition for our needs and will
not give up until we have this house or an equally good place guaranteed to us.
Last but not least the international support we have been getting (Ghent,
Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Tallinn and Malm as far as we know) means a lot to a
small but growing scene like ours. The struggle for free spaces continues!
Love and solidarity; Social centre Elimki - www.valtaus.org

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