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Sprayed dogs pepper, people arrested as protests continue at Ihumatao in South Auckland



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Two dogs have been sprayed and five people have been arrested for protesting on the long-hauled Ihumātao construction site.

Meanwhile, activists have blocked Lambton Quay in Wellington's CBD as a show of solidarity.

A strong police presence remained in Yhumatao in South Auckland, where three people were arrested on Tuesday.

The politics of the Green Party Chloe Swarrick, Marama Davis and Golriz Ghahraman support the Ihumātao protesters. Swartrick said the Greens sent a letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern about

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The politics of the Green Party Chloe Swarrick, Marama Davis and Golriz Ghahraman support the Ihumātao protesters. Swartrick said Green had sent a letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in March about "the need to protect Ihumātao", but never received a formal response.

IHUMATAO quarrying road, Kaitaki Village and major public access to the Otautaa constields historic reserve remained blocked.

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The group, which was hosted in the Mongolian tribe over the past three years, was serviced Tuesday, Tuesday, and police were on the scene to assist with their enforcement, said Superintendent Jill Rogers at the time.

Protesters called for people to come and show their support.

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Protesters called for people to come and show their support.

The occupiers objected that the country was turned into a housing development by Fletcher Building.

Rogers said police needed to use pepper spray on "two major uncontrolled and aggressive dogs" on Wednesday morning.

A woman allegedly climbed on a truck and wedged between the cabin and a tray was also arrested.

Police have assisted in serving eviction notice in Ihumātao on Tuesday.

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Police have assisted in serving eviction notice in Ihumātao on Tuesday.

She would face charges of disguise and being unlawfully on a vehicle.

"Police fully respect the lawful rights to protest, but we also need to ensure the rights of others to go about their lawful business," Hot Rogers said.

We ask protesters to continue to act peacefully and not behave in a manner that makes their own safety or the certainty of others.

Ihumātao protesters have blocked Lamstonia Qi in Weldington's CBD.

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Ihumātao protesters have blocked Lamstonia Qi in Weldington's CBD.

"In general, the conduct of protesters was peaceful, however, it has been disappointing when a small number of people behave in a precarious and reckless way, requiring police to respond appropriately."

At around 12 am, welcoming residents gathered at the Senate to participate in the protest, including members of the Green Party Marathon Devon.

"The original injustice was the theft of Maori land," Davidson said.

The protesters blocked Lampton Key in the CBD and shot smoke from canisters.

Fletcher Building wants to build 480 houses near the protected אַ Tataua Stonfields reserve at Ihumatao, but some locals are against these plans.

Approximately a dozen people have established a "kityakiki village" on IHumatao quarry and have lived there full time in protest, claiming the land is a holy site and should be preserved for future generations.

On Tuesday, a witness described the scene as peaceful at the moment.

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On Tuesday, a witness described the scene as peaceful at the moment.

Reshah said that an area was set up for police to arrest and process protests.

Officers have been wearing bullet-proof vests, but Raha assured him of being a peaceful protest.

We do this is peace and love. We want to be able to negotiate our terms.

"We ask that those who are ready and ready to recover come here."

She said a "compact crew" had stood their ground overnight, with about 80 people on rotational shifts with two hourly breaks.

Coming at 2pm, the protesters have been locked out of the farmhouse they have been illegally occupied for 24 hours.

In a statement, Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL) said they were standing in solidarity with Mauna Kea and all the indigenous peoples whose holy places were disregarded and at risk of losing forever.

They called on the Prime Minister, the Government, and the UK Council to bring in the matter to stop compliance and to ask people to go to the country to show their support.

Carpooling was encouraged and there was limited parking available at the nearby lake. A bank account was established to fund the protest.

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