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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol 35 No. 3. 15th March 1972

Dogs go Berserk

Dogs go Berserk

When the dogs and their handlers withdrew the injured demonstrator was taken by two others to the U.S. base where the base doctor put on some bandages. He was taken by police down to the demonstrators and dumped at the feet of Christchurch organiser, Keith Duffield who was told that he should take him to a dentist. The Doctor at Fairlie diagnosed a probable broken jaw, and the boy was later admitted to Christchurch hospital. Press Association reports apparently based on information released by the Police stated that the injury occured when the boy fell or was hit by a rock.

Protestors at Mount John

Protestors at Mount John

After the first police attack the number of demonstrators increased to about 100. On three further occasions over the next 2 hours orders were given for the dogs to be brought in. The demonstrators were never closer than 20 yards from the edge of the base. When they were commanded the dogs went berserk amonst the seated demonstrators and those who did not get out fast enough were bitten. Richard Suggate was near the front during one charge. As the police told the crowd to move back a dog took hold of his arm in its teeth. Suggate told the cop handling the dog that he could not move while the dog was biting him, and asked him to remove it. The dog handler gave him a violent push. He fell on his back, and the dog attacked him and bit his penis. The base doctor told him that if it was still bleeding on Monday he should see a doctor. Suggate was later treated at Fairlie. John Holtz of Dunedin was bitten in the leg. A demonstrator from Christchurch suffered minor facial injuries when he fell trying to escape. Another person was treated for a shattered knee cap.