No doubt members of the “Urewera 17” are extremely relieved not to be facing terrorism charges.
Not far behind in the relief stakes would come senior members of the Green Party.
If members of the “Urewera 17” were tried and convicted terrorism charges, I believe the fallout would destroy the Greens as a force in New Zealand politics.
The Green Party is linked with members of the “Urewera 17” in several ways, both direct and indirect.
Could this be why some Green Party MPs have played a leading role in the “free the terrorists” campaign?
One of the most obvious Green Party/”Urewera 17″ links is the Save Happy Valley Campaign.
Since its formation in 2004, the SHVC has cost power company Solid Energy many millions of dollars of by disrupting their coal mining activities in the West Coast’s Happy Valley.
From the Save Happy Valley website
The Save Happy Valley Coalition came together at a campout at Happy Valley in early April, 2004. A group of people from around the country travelled to Westport and made the three hour hike to Happy Valley to camp for a week in protest against the proposed mine.
Working alongside other organisations like Buller Conservation Group, Te Runanga o Ngati Waewae, Forest & Bird, Greenpeace and the Green Party the Save Happy Valley Coalition aims to build awareness about the proposed coal mine at Happy Valley and the environmental issues surrounding coal mining, and to actively oppose the mine and coal-fuelled energy generation.
Green Party members have supported SHVC from both inside and outside the organisation since day one.
Several Green Party members such as Alan Liefting, Tara Forde (a Young Greens leader), Mojo Mathers have been spokesmen for SHVC.
Frances Martin has been both a leading Canterbury University Green Party activist and Happy Valley occupation co-ordinator.
According to the SHVC website , on 14th March 2006 “Twenty-two members of the Green Party, of various ages, walked into Happy Valley for the weekend to show their support to members of the indefinite occupation.
Green Party members tramped into the valley with packs laden with fresh fruit, vegetables, first aid supplies, and tarpaulins for the current occupiers, and cooked them dinner to show their appreciation for the courageous effort being made to protect this pristine New Zealand eco-system. The Save Happy Valley Coalition is grateful for the support shown by members of the Green Party and is pleased to be able to share interest and concern, as well as a decent meal, with members of the party.”
The Green group included Aoraki policy networker Felix Collins, Party Development co-ordinator (now co-leader) Russel Norman, Aoraki Executive Networker Natalie Cutler-Welsh and 2005 election candidates Mojo Mathers and Alan Liefting.
Top left Green Party member Rik Tindall (now a Canterbury Regional Councillor) top centre Green Party co-leader Russel Norman, middle row right, wearing Green Part T shirt, leading Canterbury Green Christine Dann, middle row, second from rigt Allan Liefting.
Russel Norman led the charge earlier this year when it was dicovered that a private security firm had infiltrated a spy into thex SHVC.
According to Green Achievements in Parliament 2007 Both Metiria (Turei)and Russel (Norman)tramp to the Happy Valley protest site in early 2007 as part of the Greens’ ongoing support of the Save Happy Valley campaign.
While the Green Party provides support to SHVC, the backbone of the organisation is anarchist.
SHVC’s Wellington HQ is the infamous 128 Abel Smith Street, also home of the Wildcat Anarchist Collective, the Zapatista Support Group, the film project Kotahi te Ao and the anarchist website, Indymedia.
At least five members of the “Urewera 17” have links with both 128 Abel Smith Street and the Save Happy Valley Campaign.
Every one of them faces firearms charges.
All five of them, except Tim/Ira Bailey would have faced trial for terrorism offences had not the Solicitor General refused the police permission to lay charges.
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“Urewera 17ers” Tim Bailey left, Emily Bailey, centre at Happy Valley camp February 2006
I have good grounds to believe that the Bailey siblings and “Smush” were involved in training SHVC activists at a secret training camp in the upper South Island, late in 2006.
Certainly the police are aware of connections between SHVC and the “Urewera 17“. When the “anti terror” raids occurred on October 15th, police also tried to search two Christchurch houses including one occupied by SHVC spokeswoman Frances Mountier, but were denied entry because they had no warrant.
The police claimed they were looking for a “person of interest.“
On February 14th 2006 SHVC was welcomed to Parliament by Green Party Conservation Spokesperson Metiria Turei, Nandor Tanczos and co-leader Jeannette Fitzsimons
The Save Happy Valley Coalition was at Parliament, complete with Great Spotted Kiwi, to talk with MPs about the destruction of the kiwi habitat in Happy Valley. State-owned Solid Energy plans to create a vast open cast coal mine in Waimangaroa Valley, one of the few stable habitats of the endangered Great Spotted Kiwi.
Photo removed by request of Valerie Morse’s lawyer.
Note the blonde woman on the left, holding the banner Fitzsimons, Tanczos and turia?. Could it be “Uruwera 17” member, Valerie Morse?
Here, take a closer look.
Photo removed by request of Valerie Morse’s lawyer.
Looks like Val Morse to me.
So at least five possible “terrorists” have been working within a Green Party supported organisation in very recent times.
If they were convicted and the Green connections came out in court, what would that do to the Green Party’s “caring and sharing” image?
What would it do to Labour’s chances of re-election in 2008 if their largest potential coalition partner was exposed as supporting a “terrorist” infiltrated organisation?
Who thinks that the Green Party/”Urewera 17” links merit a little MSM attention?