Appalled. That is how I feel about Hone Harawira’s latest outburst. Endorsing the public murders of legally abiding citizens is a grotesque proclamation to make.
Harawira made the statement during a Public Meeting in Waitakere (West Auckland) regarding legal highs and the recently enacted Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 (PSA).
Section 3 of the PSA provides that the purpose of the act is to:
regulate the availability of psychoactive substances in New Zealand to protect the health of, and minimise harm to, individuals who use psychoactive substances.
The Act banned certain synthetic drugs and requires all synthetic drugs to undergo scientific testing and to obtain approval for sale from the Director General of Health (s1o) who receives advice from an expert advisory committee (s11). The list of banned or controlled drugs are found in Schedules 1-3 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975.
Understandably, tensions were high (no pun intended) as families present had experienced the destruction caused by many of the synthetic products.
Simon Collins from the NZ Herald reports:
Mana MP Hone Harawira…said drug retailers should be killed.
“If there is one law I could pass, it would be line up the guys who are making the most money out of this legal drug stuff, put them on TV and then publicly execute them, and then introduce a law to say the next bastard that does it is going to get the same treatment,” he said.
I am prepared to accept that Harawira was probably just speaking hyperbolically to the mood of the crowd but as an experienced MP, I would have expected Harawira to make a more considered statement.
Instead, he confirms for critics of the Mana Party’s state socialist ideology, that he backs the totalitarian excesses of the communist military dictatorships that ‘Movements of the People’ typically despise.
Declaring approval for public executions of people acting within the bounds of the law and alluding to introduce a law to legalise executing people acting legally, Harawira has dug a ditch that will be almost impossible to dig his way out of.
I am by no means defending the legal high industry. I happen to agree that synthetic drugs are more harmful than the naturally occurring product they are trying to replicate. However, Harawira’s words are unforgivable and are a tremendous insult to the many freedom seeking socialists that support his movement.