Tent People Pack up Update
The tent people packed up to move to Victoria Park but they told me they would continue to hang out in Aotea during the day.
today from Auckland Council:
Auckland Council will continue to progress its legal options for ending the occupation of Aotea Square.
The Auckland District Court issued an order that the protestors should cease residing in Aotea Square, and also remove the various illegal structures. The order was served on the occupiers at 2.30pm on Wednesday, and gave them 48 hours to comply.
If the occupiers fail to cease residing at Aotea Square, and to remove the camp, Auckland Council will return to the court to seek warrants for the arrest of the occupiers for contempt of court. Due to the holidays, it is likely this hearing will take place next week.
Auckland Council will continue to work with the police and the court to action the warrants some time after that. Council cannot comment further on this process at this stage.
Auckland Council has restated its desire that the occupiers take the lead of the Occupy protests in other cities and bring the protest action to an end, returning Auckland’s public spaces to the people of Auckland.
A scraggly bunch of people carried on down Queen St this afternoon on their way to court seeking a stay of judgement on the order the Occupy Auckland tent people leave Aotea Square.
Thankfully the judge declined and they have until tomorrow afternoon to pack up.
Staying beyond that time means they will be in contempt of court and need the police to enforce it – although so far the police have been on the protestors’ side saying they have human rights.
Before they headed for court, the group held one of their “assemblies” during which an American woman amusedly compared them to Nelson Mandela.
Give me a break.
Mandela spent 27 years in prison and then led negotiations which led to multi-racial democracy in South Africa.
I’m highly amused by people sending vile emails to me saying my stand on the tent people is that of some extreme right-wing nutcase Fox news loving bigot.
Go talk to them. They have insulted the cause of those who quite rightly have challenged the businesses and political forces who have caused the financial crisis.
The ones I have spoken to have never heard of say Milton Friedman and think Freddie Mac is a hamburger.
They’re the same old protestors who have nothing better to do than come out on the streets for any cause.
They don’t think anyone else has any rights and are vandals ruining the newly created Aotea Square leaving ratepayers the big bill to clean up their mess and for what? They show no sympathy for us and don’t deserve any. They have made it difficult for people with genuine causes to protest.
Look at the state of the grass.