About time

The dirty hippies at Occupy Auckland are being rounded up today:

Two protesters have been arrested for refusing to leave the Occupy Auckland protest site at Aotea Square.

The pair attempted to retrieve tents from the back of a van after they were seized by security staff van and were subsequently arrested by police.

They refused to stand and had to be dragged some of the way to a waiting police van.

All but a couple of tents had been removed down but a handful of protesters refused to allow their tents to be taken.

They were told by security staff contracted by Auckland Council that they would be issued further notices within 24 hours.

Council staff, backed by 20 to 30 police, descended on Aotea Square and three other Occupy Auckland site this morning, issuing notices in a bid to rid the central city public spaces of the campers once and for all.

About time. Of course John minot has piped up in support of the vagrants:

Veteran protestor John Minto, who was one of the first to pitch tent in Aotea Square, said the eviction was “piggish” behaviour from Auckland Council.

He rejected a an accusation the protestors were intefering with council events and public enjoyment of parks.

“That’s just bulls**t. That’s just lies – rubbish. They’d just prefer not to have banners and placards in parks.

“The Occupy movement has not intefered whatsoever with the rights of the public. It may have looked an eyesore from Len Brown’s window.”

Whatever John, tell it to the megaphone.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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