June 04, 2013
Shearer terror in by-election blunder
With the Independent Police Complaints Authority report into the Tūhoe terror raids still fresh in people’s minds, Labour Leader David Shearer has struck an inflammatory note in launching Labour’s campaign in the Ikaroa-Rāwhiti by-election.
He told the crowd gathered to support candidate Meka Whaitiri that the party would organise, mobilise and terrorise its political opponents.
The Māori Party’s Waiariki MP, Te Ururoa Flavell, says that will just remind voters that it was Labour that passed the 2002 Terrorism Suppression Act that lead to the harassment of the people of Ruatoki and Taneatua in October 2007.
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