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June 16, 2008

"Kiwis take to the streets over crime"

731057Though the headline of this story may sound fruity, the piece reports on a growing controversy in New Zealand over parole policies.  Here are the details (which explain the notable picture):

[A]bout 500 people marched to "take back" their suburb and support the family of Navtej Singh, who was shot in a holdup of his Manurewa liquor store a week ago.  Yesterday, the Sensible Sentencing Trust joined families of victims outside Auckland's Mt Eden Prison and staged a demonstration for tougher parole laws.  The protesters were dressed in black-and-white striped mock prison gear to underline the theme of the demonstration — "Victims get life, Criminals get parole".

Organiser Garth McVicar said the death of Mrs Yang "just reinforced why we were there".  "There was a lot of emotion and people were talking about it and what is going on out there."  The Sensible Sentencing Trust will also be involved in a hikoi, or march, this month organised by Hastings councillor Henare O'Keefe, whose daughter was the victim of a home invasion last week. The eight-kilometre walk on June 27 has been dubbed "Enough is Enough! We are taking our community back!"....

The march took place as police say they are considering putting armed patrols on Auckland streets to deal with the growing violence.  The proposal, following a top level police review, involves a six- month trial of armed patrols 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For the trial, police will be armed with Bushmaster semi-automatic rifles and Glock 9mm pistols....

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