Not content with Marxist-Leninists, McCarten has hired two anarchists, both arrested in the October 2007 police anti-terror raids to organise UNITE’s mainly youthful membership.
Omar Hamed, is an organiser for Call Centres and Northland. Previously Hamed was International Affairs officer for the Auckland University Students Association and a founder of Auckland Radical Youth. Omar Hamed has also been active in the ultra-radical Students for Justice in Palestine and was one of several Save Happy Valley Coalition activists arrested for participating in “quasi-military” training camps in the Urewera Mountains.
Hamed still faces charges under the Arms Act including possession of a rifle, possession of a firearm, possession of a pistol, possession of a sawn-off shotgun, possession of restricted weapons -ie a molotov cocktail.
Ms Mayrick comes from a Bay of Plenty activist family closely linked to alleged Urewera 17 leader Tame Iti. After involvement in the Wellington anarchist scene, Mayrick travelled with fellow arrestee Emily Bailey to Zapatista rebel held areas in Chiapas Mexico and to Brazil to meet the Marxist oriented Landless Worker’s Movement, which specialises in illegal peasant occupations of large estates
Mayrick originally faced 13 charges under the Arms Act including possession of a pistol, possession of a firearm, possession of a rifle and possession of a restricted weapon – molotov cocktail, but was discharged on all counts at the Auckland District Court on October 17, 2008.
Why does Matt McCarten believe that Omar Hamed and Marama Mayrick are suitable “organisers” for teen-age staff members at McDonalds, KFC or Burger King?
Would you want Omar and Marama prosletyzing your sons and daughters?