I have not said much about the police raids that exercised the mind of a certain type of left wing political activist, as well as many other Kiwis, due to distance from it and a bit of incredulity that it even happened. I have been at least a little dismayed at the response of some, especially at the Labour Party conference and among the more sanctimonious who have in the past done good things but who these days do seem to be part of a sort of rent-a-mob.
So it is with heavy heart that I read the stuff in the Dom Post that begins with this summary here.
All one can really say is, thank goodness the police were onto these people. The only reason to think otherwise would be if one thought the police had made it all up. I still am not sure in my own mind how much of this is just people blowing off steam, versus something more serious, but in the end it is reassuring that the police would err on the side of caution.
Political violence is not acceptable. Full stop. Obviously that is a lesson that had passed out of memory for a few Kiwis.