Raids spark race dispute

A series of raids by armed New Zealand police on terrorist suspects this week, targeted the nation's indigenous Maoris, have set back race relations by 100 years, a Maori political leader said yesterday.

A series of raids by armed New Zealand police on terrorist suspects this week, targeted the nation's indigenous Maoris, have set back race relations by 100 years, a Maori political leader said yesterday.

Pita Sharples said the police used "storm-trooper tactics" that violated the cultural sanctity of Maori in Monday's dawn raids in which they arrested 17 people and seized arms. - Sapa- DPA

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