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Biko above, batons below: A blimp carrying a banner saying 'BIKO' drifts above the church on the corner of Marlborough St and Walters Rd where smoke swirls and thrown objects land amongst police and anti-Tour protestors alike

John MercerSeptember 12, 1981

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira
Auckland, New Zealand

Black and white photograph of a long line of riot police officers on Walters Road in the aftermath of a smoke bomb. A blimp balloon is in the sky, with a large banner reading "Biko".

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  • Title: Biko above, batons below: A blimp carrying a banner saying 'BIKO' drifts above the church on the corner of Marlborough St and Walters Rd where smoke swirls and thrown objects land amongst police and anti-Tour protestors alike
  • Creator: John Mercer
  • Creator Lifespan: b. 1949
  • Creator Nationality: New Zealander
  • Creator Birth Place: New Plymouth, New Zealand
  • Date Created: September 12, 1981
  • Location: Mount Eden (Auckland, N.Z.)
  • Physical Dimensions: 35 mm frame
  • Subject Keywords: New Zealand Police--History, Protest movements--New Zealand, Rugby football--Political aspects--New Zealand, Protest movements., Springbok Tour (1981 : New Zealand)
  • Type: Negative
  • Rights: All rights reserved
  • External Link: Auckland Museum: Collections Online
  • Support: Polyester
  • Wikipedia: Auckland Museum on Wikipedia
  • Process: Gelatin silver
  • Notes: As, a blimp carrying a banner saying 'BIKO' drifts overhead. A police officer at far RHS of the frame can be seen looking up – presumably for flying objects, as are other officers. Regular Police officers are positioned where action would is likely to be centered, great coated officers, possibly Blue Squad, are to the left of this frame.

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