Well, well, well.
What do we have here then?
I argued early in this fiasco that Corrections had used a claim that the protestors were armed and on drugs to justify bringing in the Armed Offenders Squad to then shoot at the prisoners.
This point was buried in the news avalanche, but we have now discovered, that this is exactly what happened…
Officers fired rubber bullets – also known as sponge rounds – at the men on the roof of the burning high-security building during the standoff at Waikeria Prison, police have confirmed to RNZ.
The remaining 16 inmates protesting over dilapidated conditions and Corrections’ strategy for Māori, surrendered to the authorities on Sunday after six tense days.
Corrections has launched two reviews into what happened.
So Corrections cover up how bad conditions had become during Covid.
Numerous reports show the prison fails UN human rights obligations.
Numerous reports show Prisoners don’t believe in the complaints process.
Corrections claim prisoners have weapons and are on drugs to trigger in the Armed Offenders Squad who actually shoot at prisoners.
Kelvin refuses to show any leadership and only turns up to defend Corrections and claim the prisoners are gang members.
Labour are fucking lucky this didn’t start a prison revolt in every prison throughout the country.
The inquiry will be a whitewash and now we know the cops opened fire on prisoners, we urgently need an independent review.
This is fucking atrocious.
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