Thursday, October 25, 2007


Jimmy O'Dea is a 72-year old trade unionist with a long history of social activism and support for Maori rights. He played a key role in organising union support for the Bastion Point protests in the 1970's. Last week, despite being in poor health, he helped to organise the Civil Rights Defence Committee to defend those arrested in the police's recent "anti-terror" raids.

Today, his house was raided by eight carloads of police, ostensibly in relation to a kidnapping in the area.