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As New Zealand Police Pledge To Stay Unarmed, Maori Activists Credit U.S. Protests

Even as far away as New Zealand, protesters have taken inspiration from America's movement against police abuse of people of color.
Protesters march on June 1 in Auckland, New Zealand, in solidarity with demonstrations across the United States following the killing of George Floyd. Aotearoa is the Maori name for New Zealand. Source: Hannah Peters

Although New Zealand is about as far — in miles, at least — as you can get from Minneapolis, protests have erupted there over the killing of George Floyd. The Indigenous Maori people in particular have pushed back against police use of force, which disproportionately affects them.

At first glance, the context seems quite different. New Zealand police don't usually carry

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