Why you should march against the GCSB this Saturday if you are Maori


In the lead up to the mass demonstrations that will occur around NZ this Saturday at 2pm, I want to explain why certain groups in NZ should be marching, today it is Maori.

If you are Maori, you must march this Saturday. The nonsense of the Urewera terror raids shows how easily those tasked with looking for monsters turn into monsters themselves. The State will always view Maori as a target of suspicion, and the ability to metadata trawl groups of people can easily be used as the ultimate racial profiling tool by a simple click to spy on everyone identifying as Maori.

For an indigenous culture that had 95% of their land taken and alienated from them in only a century, the ability for the State turn legitimate sovereignty grievances into a manufactured national security threat should motivate all Maori to protest the GCSB spy laws because ultimately they will be on the target list.

PS – Don’t forget this Thursday in Auckland at 7pm the urgent public debate on the GCSB laws with Kim Dotcom, Dame Anne Salmond, Dr Rodney Harrison and Thomas Beagle, chaired by retired Supreme Court judge Ted Thomas.


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