Newshub’s latest piece on the Ihumātao protests is aimed at childishly shaming the Green MPs who attended…
Green MPs, including Marama Davidson and Golriz Ghahraman, have attended an Ihumātao protest outside Parliament where a sign saying “Jacinda = Traitor” was held up.
Protesters held signs that read “Jacinda = Traitor”, “All Colonisers Are Bastards”, and “No Profit from Stolen Land” at the demonstation.
Marama Davidson, co-leader of the Green Party, stood in the crowd alongside Green MPs Golriz Ghahraman and Gareth Hughes.
When asked on Tuesday if she supports the sign labelling the Prime Minister a “traitor”, Davidson said, “No that is not the peaceful leadership that is coming from the organisers of the Ihumātao occupation.”
…it is not the responsibility of the Green MPs for signs made at a protest unless it’s a Green Party event, which it wasn’t.
The Green MPs have shown nothing but courage and true support over Ihumātao.
What is understandable is the anger that last nights escalation by Police AFTER Jacinda specifically declared a de-escalation has enraged many because it looks like a betrayal.
Jacinda is walking a political tight rope here.
The best solution is one agreed and decided on by Māori and sorted quickly enough before those darker angels of the NZ pysche start getting manipulated by National for a Don Brash Orewa Speech moment. All it took for the Foreshore & Seabed confiscation was Gerry Brwonlee running around the country screaming, ‘Da Maaaaris want to steal our beaches”.
Jacinda has already stated unequivocally that there is no building and called for de-escalation after the Police initial overkill saw tensions flare up. She has sent Willie Jackson and Peeni Henare into seek a Māori solution with Māori by Māori and the King has arrived to help facilitate that.
So far, so good.
But then last night while Shane Jones was on Q+A attacking Ihumātao protectors, the Police suddenly decided to attempt to force the protestors off the land.
It was as if the NZ Police conveniently ignored the Prime Minister. Frantic late night telephone calls managed to remind the Police of the PMs position to de-escalate in the most serious of tones.
“Obviously I would say again the same thing I said a week ago, which is while people are there we just really urge for there to be a peaceful protest to try and ensure, of course, a de-escalation.
“No one wants anything to be inflamed, particularly while talks are under way. And so we just need to create the space for that to happen and that is what’s happening.”
…Jacinda is trying to communicate to the protectors to not give the Police another excuse to abuse the truce because she certainly had no idea what stunt Police were trying to pull.
Better to look like she is reminding protestors to respect the peace than admit she lost control of the Police last night.
There will be a very long, ‘please explain’, meeting happening between the Government and Police operations in private right now.