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New Zealanders reject the War for Oil

New Zealanders reject the War for Oil

A new poll indicating massive opposition to a unilateral US invasion of Iraq augurs well for the turnout at tomorrow's anti-war rallies, Green MP, Keith Locke said today.

The NBR-UMR poll indicated 86 per cent opposition to any New Zealand participation in a US military strike launched without UN approval.

"I have been hugely heartened by change in attitude of New Zealanders as they become increasingly aware of what this war is all about," said Keith Locke, the Green Foreign Affairs spokesperson.

"The White House has abjectly failed to make any kind of a case for the massive military offensive it is planning against Iraq. Bush would do well to remember the words of one of his more illustrious predecessors in the Oval Office: 'you can't fool all the people, all the time.'

"He certainly hasn't fooled the millions of people who will take to the streets around the world tomorrow to register their abhorrence at his War for Oil."

Keith Locke also congratulated Prime Minister Helen Clark for allowing Labour MP's to join tomorrow's rallies, and contrasted it with the atmosphere of fear and intimidation facing peace marchers in London and New York.

All the Green MPs will be speaking at rallies around the country, with Keith Locke and Sue Kedgley in Wellington, Jeanette Fitzsimons in Auckland, Nandor Tanczos in Hamilton, Metiria Turei in Rotorua, Mike Ward and Ian Ewen-Street in Nelson, Rod Donald in Christchurch and Sue Bradford in Dunedin.

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