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Riot - More than a spot of fun.

 

A riot is . . .

 

“a group of 6 or more persons who, acting together, are using violence against persons or property to the alarm of persons in the neighbourhood”. 

 

The maximum penalty is two years in prison.  (Section 87 Crimes Act 1961).

We provide you with a direct link to the Crimes Act 1961 . . . .

In the 80's, the charge of riot was used quite frequently by the police against unruly public masses.  

The famous "V8 Riots" in Dunedin sometimes took trials lasting up to 4 weeks and here is a report of the Dave Dobbyn Concert in Queen Street, Auckland which went a bit haywire in 1984.

"Are the kids all right? 

‘Tears, terror at the concert that made history’ was one of the newspaper headlines the day following the Queen Street riot of December 1984. It made for heady reading over the morning cornflakes as papers described screaming children, bloody head wounds and police facing ‘gun-toting’ rioters.

The ‘Thank God, it’s over’ concert took place on 7 December 1984 at Auckland’s Aotea Centre. Promoted as a summer celebration of the end of the academic year, this free event was to feature performances by top local bands Herbs, DD Smash and The Mockers. After the

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