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Protesters still in vacant Glen Innes state house

Published: Sun 19 Feb 2012 03:02 PM
Protesters still in vacant Glen Innes state house
A dozen protesters will stay in an empty Glen Innes state house today and tonight after police agreed to let protesters continue their sit-in.
One of the Glen Innes Housing New Zealand sections due to be sold to property speculators in May, 25 Silverton Ave, Glen Innes, was taken over on Saturday by members of the community who held a BBQ on the front lawn.
"The evictions in Glen Innes of tenants like Moepai Temata, whose story featured on TVNZ's Close Up programme on Friday night, should be stopped and the Glen Innes properties should remain with Housing New Zealand to house future generations of Aucklanders," said Socialist Aotearoa spokesperson Shane Malva.
"State houses were intended as spacious, healthy family homes for life and many were given to soldiers returning from World War Two. For the Government to then attempt to evict families in Glen Innes including the families of returned servicemen is absolutely revolting."
"Housing is a right of all New Zealanders and any privatisation or sell down of the housing stock is an attack on that right. Protests in Glen Innes will continue until the Government withdraws its notices of eviction and scraps plans to sell off state homes," concluded Mr. Malva
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