July 31, 2019
Police seen as health threat to protest children
A group of Māori public health specialists want the Government to withdraw the police from Ihumātao while talks are going on between the parties.
The 11-member group, which includes Dr Rhys Jones, Professor Papaarangi Reid and Professor David Tipene-Leach, says they have no confidence the police presence at Ihumātao will result in a peaceful resolution.
In fact, they are concerned it has the potential to cause harm to Māori children and adults participating as peaceful protectors.
There is a substantive evidence-base regarding the adverse health and wellbeing outcomes both for Indigenous peoples globally, and for Māori in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
That’s based on previous experience, such as the Bastion Point arrests, the unlawful police raids on Tūhoe, and the ongoing over-surveillance and inequitable treatment of Māori in the criminal justice system.
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