Solidarity with Auckland Animal Rights Activists
Press Release: October 15th Solidarity
'The October 15th Solidarity
group expresses our solidarity with the Auckland Animal Rights activists who
recently discovered a tracking device in one of their cars. The corporate
spying by Thompson and Clark Private Investigators on activists concerned
with the cruel treatment of animals by business is shameful. This
surveillance and harassment has reached another level of madness with this
latest expose' says October 15th Spokesperson Peter Steiner.
The private security firm Thompson and Clark has been spying on
activists for years. In 2007 they were caught infiltrating peace
groups, animal rights campaigns, and anti-mining activists using
undercover informants and hidden cameras. Despite this activists are
not intimidated by their amateur attempts to destroy our organising.
For Operation 8, the police
operation that resulted in the nationwide raids on 15 October 2007, the
crown and police have wasted more than $20 million. The operation included
tracking devices in cars, bugs in cars, houses and marae. They spent
millions surveilling people all over the country.
It doesn't matter
who spies the state or the corporates; their surveillance stems from the
fear of losing power and control. A world without sow crates, without war,
without dirty coal mines and with self-governing iwi and hapu: we think
these are ideas worth fighting for!' concluded Peter Steiner.