The anarchists, Greens and other subversives have been going daft after it was revealed that leading Christchurch activist Rob Gilchrist was a paid police informer.
Gilchrist had been spying on the Save Happy Valley Coalition, Peace Action Wellington, “animal rights” organisations and several other anarchist led groups for up to a decade.
Should the police spy on protest groups? Are these people really just concerned individuals out to better society?
Here is a profile of Mark Eden, a close friend (and probable target)of Rob Gilchrist.
Eden and Gilchrist were seen together at protests all over New Zealand for years. Everywhere Eden was, Gilchrist was perched on his shoulder like an angry parrot. The duo were the “Uncle Ernies” of the New Zealand anarchism, adept at seducing young innocents into the movement, with their stories and their militant bravado.
Mark Eden (aka Markypoo, Mr Grumpy, Mr G) has been one of New Zealand’s leading anarchist/animal rights activists since at least the mid 1990s.
In February 1996 Mark Eden (Age 27, woodcutter, Newtown) was one of six people arrested at Waitangi protests in Wellingtn. All pleaded not guilty .
Later that year the unemployed Mark Eden was sentenced to 100 hours community service and reparations of $1911 after smashing windows with slingshots, gluing locks and painting “kill all duckshooters” on the Complete Anglers Shop in central Christchurch.
Eden has been arrested at least a dozen times since those landmark events, but has been very seldom convicted.
Also in 1996 Eden was a spokesman for the Canterburyy University Animal Rights group (part of Kaimanawa Horse Action Network), protesting against the proposed wild horse cull on the Central Plateau.
In October 2001 Eden attended the Anarchist Odyssey conference in Christchurch.
For me, the main contrast between this and previous anarchist conferences was that this conference had a lot more politics in it. Most of the conference goers were involved in activist groups and political movements. This was in contrast to conferences in the 90s that were often dominated by lifestyle topics and only a minority of people there were politically active.
In October 2003 Eden was arrested with Maoist Jared Phillips and Trotskyist Paul Hopkinson after a flag burning incident during the visit of then Australian Prime Minister John Howard.
In 2004 Eden was active in anti Iraq War demonstrations with the anarchist led Peace Action Wellington.
In 2005 the Premier Bacon Company threatened legal action against Mark Eden of the Wellington Animal Rights Network, for registering premierbacon.co.nz and putting up a website criticising Premier Bacon’s factory farming practices.
In 2006 Eden travelled to an animal “rights” conference in the UK where he met notorious Animal liberation front activist Keith Mann. Eden’s group Operation Rescue (well known for stealing chickens from poultry farms) invited Mann to tour New Zealand the following year, but Mann was stopped at Heathrow Airport because of his serious criminal convictions.
If you still think that Mark Eden is a harmless, pleas view the two imbedded videos
Mark Eden is part of the anarchist crowd that hangs out at 128 Abel Smith St in Wellington’s Aro Valley. Many of those arrested in the October 2007 police anti terror raids also frequented that address.
Eden’s girlfriend Catherine Amey in particular was very close to at least one of those arrested. Amey’s car was observed parked near one of the Urewera training camps.
Mark Eden has recently been involved with Teanau Tuiono, an Urewera 17support activist, whose own home was raided during the police sweep.
Please comment on the thread below whether or not you think a responsible police force should be monitoring individuals like Mark Eden and co.
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