Jan 20, 2021

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Veteran Activist’s hospitalised during removal of state houses

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The Mana Party has hit out at the destruction of a community in Glen Innes, which saw a veteran activist hospitalised, as he was protesting the removal of state houses in the area.

The elderly activist Jimmy ODea, was injured this afternoon and taken to hospital.Mr O’Dea’s ankle was crushed whilst blockading a removal truck a few hours ago in Glen Innes.

Comrade Jimmy O Dea has been taken to hospital- his ankle was crushed whilst blockading a removal truck an hour ago in Glen Innes. People are mobilising to defend the community now and tonight. Get out there.

Houses under immediate threat are at 25 Silverton St and 6 Melling Streets.

Jimmy is a diamond of a man who put himself in harms way in front of the house removal truck to try and protect the state houses of low-income residents of Glen Innes says MANA Vice President John Minto. Contracting companies are being used as the front line of attack against a community desperately trying to save their state houses. The government is selling state houses and the land beneath them to private developers for luxury housing on the high ground on the north side of Glen Innes. State house numbers will be reduced and the residents moved into soon-to-be slums in central Glen Innes.

Houses under immediate threat are at 25 Silverton St and 6 Melling Streets.

There are currently Mana supporters on site and coordinating support for the community and opposition to the removals.Protests are planned throughout the night.

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Veteran Activist’s hospitalised during removal of state houses

  1. I am appalled i have known Jimmy for many years and he has always been a fighter towards the rights of the people. He has never hurt anyone in his whole life, although people have tried to hurt him due to his staunch beliefs which i admire and many others do to i know. I will know that the community of Orakei where he has lived for most of his life will be saddend to hear this as he is loved and respected by all. Kia Kaha Jimmy i know you will live to fight another day. Our thoughts and blessings to yourself and family. Take care out there whanau – tautoko te kaupapa.

    Liana, Mal & whanau

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