25 years ago French agents Blew Up Greenpeace's Flagship Rainbow Warrior; in Auckland NZ, as she readied to sail to French Polynesia to protest Nuclear Testing in the Pacific. The First act of terrorism on NZ shores, surprised and shocked the world.
Where were you and what do you think this terrorism thing at the time?
Good on you for posting this. I was at University in Auckland, (NZ).
We were all shocked at the news that a ship had been bombed in the harbor right in the middle of our city.
Then news indicated that the French had purposely bombed the Rainbow Warrior. At first it seemed an implausible that such a nation would infiltrate our shores during peacetimes and deliberately sink a ship!
They underestimated us though PD! Our countrymen and countrywomen along with the police got em!
To read more about this event check out PD's fantastic background article and poem.
Thanks there fellow Kiwi... I was there too standing on the wharf in amazement at this and the fact that they had killed a crewman. I think we were all in shock that after supporting France in 2 World Wars, they would do this to us.
Well said AP - Certainly changed the way we saw the world. It also really backfired on them, as worldwide support for Greenpeace increased tenfold.