Fugitive Rice makes narrow escape in Auckland

United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a narrow escape from justice, with the assistance of the New Zealand Police, in Auckland on Saturday 26 July. The police can now consider themselves accessories to war crimes. Rice met with government leaders in Auckland but was chased by 150 protesters spurred on by a bounty of $10,000. They called for her arrest, under the Geneva Convention, for war crimes and for her role in authorising the use of torture.

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There was chanting, speeches and an impressive US flag burning outside Government House where Rice was meeting with prime minister Helen Clark and foreign affairs minister Winston Peters. The speeches focused on Rice's support for the illegal and immoral war in Iraq, as well as the wider and more nonsensical 'War on Terror'; her sanctioning of torture and instrumental role in setting up Guantanamo Bay; and on what a bad idea a free trade agreement with the US would be. Then the crowd relocated to the Langham Hotel, where Rice met with leader of the parliamentary opposition, John Key.

Auckland University Students Association had to withdraw the bounty it placed on the head of Condoleezza Rice two days earlier, under threat of legal action. However, the students association at Victoria University in Wellington doubled the price, offering $10,000 for a successful citizen's arrest. Although several people turned up to the demo with handcuffs, the chance to nab Rice didn't present itself. Police refused to cooperate in the arrest of this war criminal, giving the irrelevant excuse that she is a visiting dignitary.

Police had planned to limit protest at the Langham hotel by keeping protesters on the opposite side of the road, behind shiny new barricades that had obviously been bought specially for the occasion. What they hadn't planned for was a busload of protesters being dropped off at the bus stop outside the hotel. After fifteen minutes of chanting and yelling by protestors, the police claimed that standing on the public footpath outside the hotel, was a 'safety risk.' When protesters refused to leave, the police violently forced them off the sidewalk and out onto the road. Protesters were shoved, punched and thrown to the street and pain compliance holds used on several protesters to get them to move. Several were punched in the face, including veteran activist John Minto who was shoved to the ground by several officers, smashing and breaking the megaphone he was chanting through. Two protesters were arrested and one man was left bleeding from the neck and wrist.

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Good for the police

Jeremy( 03.Aug.2008 07:36

A couple of points.
A: The police were right in chasing of the protesters. They were in front of private property.
B: If they had erm lets say detained Mrs. Rice they would have been charged with kidnapping.
C: Many would have died when her secret services(yes she has them) opened fire to protect.
D: If and once more big if, they had got her they would have been attaced by U.S troops.

Bad for all good people

sysiphus 03.Aug.2008 14:41

After placing Jeremy on the list of insignificant ignorant supporters of the war criminals, we must turn our attention to the courage, initiative and plain raw cunning and intelligence shown by the protesters. Thanks New Zealand!! You regain pride for humanity by your brave actions!! Next time maybe the psychobitch will not be as lucky and we can make the world safer for democracy by placing her in jail or under it...

Please refrain...

anonymous 08.Aug.2008 11:15

...from using words such as "psychobitch" on indymedia, particularly as an insult to a female person (emancipatory use of the word "bitch" isn't impossible, but your comment certainly didn't seem like self-irony or creative protest / communication guerilla: you simply used a stupid reactionary term to express your understandable anger).
smash sexism!

Arresting Conde

Janis Schmidt 10.Aug.2008 16:26

What a novel idea. We Americans thank you for attempting to arrest our criminals for us. We have been emasculated and rendered helpless to do the job ourselves, because we love money too much to risk our jobs to kick these war criminals out of office. I hope you catch your man and/or woman.

Links for more information

Condy Rice 29.Aug.2008 21:26

Here's an article from Salient (the student newspaper of Victoria University, Wellington) talking about the student organization VUWSA offering $5,000 bounty for the arrest of Condy.

And here's an article from Scoop, a New Zealand newspaper, talking about how VUWSA doubled the bounty amount to $10,000 after another student organization withdrew their bounty after receiving governmental pressure.

Interesting quote from the article:
"Rice is a criminal and we expect all law abiding citizens in good conscience to pay heed to this message, and do the right thing," said VUWSA President, Joel Cosgrove.

Fight fire with fire!

Spartacus 24.Nov.2008 13:17

Good on New Zealand! The neocons and their various stooges will never change their ways through peaceful demonstration, logical argument, or appeals to compassion. The only emotions that they respond to, or even understand, are greed, power, and fear. They must be served up with the same treatment they inflict on anyone else. Only when she's quivering in her jackboots will nigger Rice pause to reflect upon her and her cabal's actions. Do it to all of them!


nobodysaysBOO 24.Nov.2008 16:40

when they destroyed tha Greenpeace ship in the Auckland harbor your police did nothing!Now your police protects foreign war criminals?Perhaps NZ should worry about democracy,and not us troops killing NZ civilians in the streets.
Please help the world bring these trashy people to some justice!

If you aren't allowed to protest "in front of private property"...

Tom Human 24.Nov.2008 16:57

...exactly where *are* you allowed to protest?

The rest of Jeremy's arguments can be summed up as "We will fuck you up because we have big guns."

one for the family

shine 25.Nov.2008 02:22

'People of the world remember Berlin!'(Obumma bin lyin, election campaign 2008)
Death, destruction, fear, hunger, torture, mindfucking, etc etc
So proud of my kiwi friends

Do not forget the real culprits

Henry T 25.Nov.2008 14:35

Cui Bono? Only Israel benefits from these endless Middle East wars fought by American soldiers. As the U.S. commits war-crimes abroad, that same gov't commits treason at home by eliminating habeas corpus, using the judiciary to steal private lands, banning books like "America Deceived" from Amazon, Facebook and Wikipedia, conducting warrantless wiretaps and engaging in illegal wars on behalf of Israel. Soon, another false-flag operation will occur (sinking of an Aircraft Carrier by Mossad) and the US will invade Iran. Then we'll invade Pakistan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, then ....
Final link (before Google Books bends to gov't demands and censors the title):