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Intrerview Mark Derby on “The Prophet and the Policeman” – 2009

28 August, 2009

The Editor, The Wellingtonian, Wellington

Dear Editor:

Author Mark Derby (book launch of The Prophet and the Policeman, Wellingtonian 20 August) has made the right connection by pointing out that the 2007 Police “Terror Raids” in Wellington and the Ureweras “took place in the wake of 9/11”.  The American Administration’s so-called “War on Terror” had been trying to spread fear and encourage racism in order to advance its agenda of polarisation – “us vs them”, “western vs other”, “if you’re not with us, you’re against us”.

The Police anti-terrorism unit had been created out of that influence.  The methods adopted in the raids were not so much a case of forgetting the lessons of the 1916 arrest of Rua Kenana (the subject of the book), but rather were meant to create images and feelings of fear, yes among Tuhoe and  political activists, but primarily in New Zealand society generally.

Sincerely,  Richard Keller

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