Te Ao: Large police influx divides protesters at Ihumātao

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Police have again increased their presence at Ihumātao, dividing those who have occupied the land in peaceful protest from their frontline.

According to sources on the ground, police began forming rank around homes and separated the groups from each other, preventing people and supplies from passing.

Local resident and beneficiary of Makaurau Marae, Haki Wilson says the police movement was a shock after peaceful discussion and negotiations continued at Ihumātao throughout the day.

A livestream of the situation as it unfolded on showed the unrest and tension as people asked police what they were doing.

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