August 23, 2010 – Hilo, Hawaii

Video by David Corrigan

Over 200 supporters of Roger Christie rallied at the Mooheau bandstand on Wednesday. Christie, who founded the THC-Ministry in Hilo where he says he shared the sacrament of cannabis with members, was arrested in July for running what federal authorities called a “large scale” marijuana business.

The situation has apparently mobilized followers of Christie’s beliefs, who see the ministry bust as an assault on their freedoms. During the rally, speakers directed angry remarks towards law enforcement, and the few county police officers who were quietly monitoring the gathering from the bayfront parking lot. After the bandstand rally, marijuana advocates marched to the Hilo federal building to protest Christie’s incarceration.

Christie is currently being held federal detention center without bail, where he awaits an April 2011 trial. In all, 14 people were arrested for their alleged connections to the THC-Ministry.

Extended video of the August 18th rally

KALIKOLEHUA KANAELE SLAMS LAW ENFORCEMENT

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A fixture at many freedom and Hawaiian Sovereignty events, native practitioner, and front man of the Kaliko Guys musical group, Kalikolehua Kanaele has no problem voicing his opinion. In this video, he defends the use of marijuana and evokes the name of Kelly Greenwell (the Kona councilman recently arrested on Queen Kaahumanu Highway).

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“FREE ROGER CHRISTIE” RALLY

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Supporters and THC Ministry members make speeches during the “Free Roger Christie” rally at the Mooheau bandstand on Wednesday.

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