Not a popular prison protest it seems

June 24th, 2012 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The HoS reports:

Prisoners who seized a disused watchtower and broadcast messages of protest at Auckland Prison in Paremoremo seem to have little support from fellow inmates.

, nicknamed Houdini, and an older, unnamed inmate took control of the prison tower on Friday morning. At noon yesterday, they started scrawling messages on the glass of the tower.

Aware of news media near the prison, they placed a black blanket behind the message to make it visible. It said: “Peaceful protest against department”.

They also wrote “Contact Peter Williams QC”. He said he was available to mediate.

But shouted comments from other inmates, audible from a road nearby, included “jump”, “hang yourself” and “what are you waiting for?”

Heh, not quite the messages of support they were probably hoping for. I imagine they thought they would be seen as heroes fighting the system, but the universal belief seems to be they are just dicks.

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15 Responses to “Not a popular prison protest it seems”

  1. gravedodger (1,546 comments) says:

    My basic skills suggest they are in serious danger of dehydration.
    Easily sorted with a “monsoon Bucket” of water from a nearby effluent pond preferably.

    Watched The Tool Williams on seeking work experience last night, “friend to many of the inmates”, yeah right, and a valuable link to his retirement funds.

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  2. mara (765 comments) says:

    Yawn. Remove the do gooders on the ground and leave them to it. They have cost enough already.

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  3. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    The trick is when they do get, too wet and too cold and too hungry and they want to come down, say ” fuck ya”, stay up there for another fortnight.

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  4. kowtow (8,219 comments) says:

    I detest the MSM (tv) for the way they have sensationalised this stunt. Even to the extent of repeatedly calling one of them Aron Houdini Foden. Great fun in the editorial section of the “news room ” no doubt and also the way Williams is the “go to” guy whenever one of these taxpayer burdens has a.cry.

    We really do need to reform the prison system. I noteone of them has fucken tied back hair…….should be short back and sides.

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  5. hj (6,879 comments) says:

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  6. alex (303 comments) says:

    Without getting into anything about how people end up in prison, it has to be said that prison is a place where you may well be badly beaten or die. It would be unlikely for them to take this rather drastic form of action if their lives weren’t on the line.

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  7. hj (6,879 comments) says:

    One thing about japans tough prisons is that there is no prisoner on prisoner violence (and sentences are shorter -condensed).

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  8. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    There lives will be on the line now Alex, the max wing is locked down and those locked down willl be well pissed off, they will now be waiting for them to return.

    I can’t imagine what the tax will be for a weekends loss of freedom about the wing

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  9. David Garrett (7,015 comments) says:

    Alex: Bollocks. The last death in a New Zealand prison which was not self inflicted was that of a guard – thankfully the first ever. Prisoners killing prisoners is not common in NZ prisons. And no-one is in Pare Max for being late for church.

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  10. Mr_Blobby (164 comments) says:

    Alex. The cock suckers are safer in prison than the rest of society, outside of prison. A good case for not letting them out, as society is safer with them inside.Don’t forget a warm bed, 3 meals a day and no responsibility. How about we share the punishment, with the whole prison on lock down for 14 days as punishment.

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  11. Dazzaman (1,138 comments) says:

    Were they expecting the can to be easy? JUMP!!!

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  12. Nostalgia-NZ (5,101 comments) says:

    I wonder where the mystery ‘near-by’ road is in the off limit’s sprawl. Zoom cameras might have brought the tower close but if ‘speaking’ to the media was so easy why would the two need to write a message on the tower. Why would the other prisoners not support a protest. If the mediator goes in the real story comes out, in meantime we have ‘stories’ emerging of disunity and an impression that reporters can essentially go within the prison grounds and listen to the shouts of inmates in a maximum security close down. I wonder why that never happened before in the 50 something year old prison that’s just had a road plonked right next door.

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  13. tristanb (1,126 comments) says:

    Alex:

    It would be unlikely for them to take this rather drastic form of action if their lives weren’t on the line.

    Do you not know how people work? Have you only ever met a few other human beings in your entire life? People like a change of scene, and plenty of people commit silly actions without thinking through the consequences. Criminals are more likely to have a low regard for thinking about how their actions will affect their future.

    If you can’t imagine a couple of prisoners doing a stunt like this “for the lulz” then you have a very sad and sorry imagination.

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  14. Elaycee (4,356 comments) says:

    The reason these morons are inside in the first place is because…. they are convicted criminals who have been sentenced to a stretch in jail. Boo ferkin hoo. If they’re stupid enough to do the crime, then they need to HTFU, do the time and to stop bleating about it.

    Zero sympathy for these idiots – I hope they both enjoy their latest stint of ‘segregation’ for proving beyond all doubt that they are nothing more than dumbass prats.

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  15. peterwn (3,239 comments) says:

    Even less popular when all visiting was cancelled.

    So they are going to cop 14 days solitary for this episode. Diddums!

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