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Anti tour protestors occupied the field in the Hamilton test match and stood in a bunch chanting, "the whole world's watching!" They refused to leave when asked by the police. Pro tour people at the Hamilton game blamed the media accusing them of stirring up trouble. A WW2 pilot was flying above the ground. The game was cancelled. Some pro tour people threw bottles at the anti-tour people. Muldoon said he felt the police at Hamilton were too soft of the protestors- he said this was "an observation not a criticism.

The government called for a stronger approach by the police who were told to, "form a line and hold it." This was used in the Molesworth street demonstration in Wellington. Anti-tour people said the police were using their batons and inflicting injuries. The government, police and the pro tour people said that rugby fans had a duty to "uphold the rule of law." In response to this much tougher line by the police, John Minto and the anti-tour groups introduced a new tactic i.e. simultaneous demonstrations in different locations aimed at stretching police resources. At the second test in Wellington, protestors sat on the road and the police took action to clear them away. Muldoon said that at no time during the tour did he consider cancelling it. An election was due in November 1981 and he was accused of not cancelling the tour because he didn't want to lose the election. He denied this and said having the tour cost National votes in cities such as Auckland.

Third test= Eden park September 12. Muldoon says he thought a lot of the anti-tour protestors were there for the sheer excitement of it. "They were having the time of their lives, they weren't angry- it was 'us against the cops'."...