October 17, 2012
GI house protest invigorated by MP’s arrest
Activist and Mana vice president John Minto says the arrest of MP Hone Harawira has reinvigorated protest against the removal of state houses.
The Mana leader appeared in the Auckland District Court this morning with four other arrested last Thursday night.
He pleaded not guilty to a charge of failing to remove his vehicle.
Mr Minto says Glen Innes is a community that is being ripped apart by the Government.
"Because these people are in state houses, the government is simply asserting its right as the owner to remove 156 families and then create just 78 state houses in their place. The big plan is to dramatically reduce the number of state houses in Glen Innes and they are doing that in a way which is tearing the community apart," he says.
John Minto says because there are fewer state houses, people are being forced to the private sector paying market rents.