Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Bolivian Consulate to be Picketed in Auckland

Bolivian Consulate to be Picketed in Auckland

Media Release
The Water Pressure Group
11 April 2000

The Water Pressure Group, in active unity with several other groups will be picketing the Auckland premises of the Bolivian Consulate, to protest against the brutal clampdown and repression that its government has imposed on the people of Bolivia (picket details below).

The Bolivian authorities implemented a nationwide 90 day martial law period last Saturday; in reaction to determined strikes and road blockades by the people of Cochabamba City and in five of nine Bolivian provinces, protesting against water privatisation and huge user-pays water price increases.

Since the draconian measures were taken police and army gunfire has killed six and injured hundreds more. In addition, scores of people have been arrested and have vanished.

Speaking for the protest organisers tonight, Water Pressure Group spokespersons Penny Bright and Jim Gladwin said:

"Ten years of privatisations in Bolivia have seen national rail, telecommunications and electricity services privatised. The people there are showing that they have drawn the line when it comes to the most vital public service."

"As in New Zealand, successive governments have shown that they put the interests of corporations ahead of the people - and Bolivia proves the lengths to which an administration will go. The Bolivian government is attempting to crush working peoples' resistance, murder their own citizens, totally withdraw democratic and human rights, and lie to the world that is a "cocaine war", in their efforts to implement market reform "structural adjustments" in the interests of big business.

"In Auckland the Water Pressure Group continue our campaign of civil disobedience to topple the commercialised water services company Metrowater Ltd, and we see it as our duty to find common cause with the people of Bolivia in their situation," said Penny Bright & Jim Gladwin. "Any assistance we can give them will be willingly given, and we call on all Aucklanders to join with this solidarity action."

Along with other groups, Fair Deal Coalition, Radical Society, Citizens Against Privatisation, Workers Power, and the Poverty Action Coalition, the Water Pressure Group will be taking the WPG fire engine to picket the Bolivian Consulate at: 1pm Thursday 13 April 95 Victoria Avenue Remuera.

Wide support is anticipated from churches, unions, human rights and peace groups.

For further information contact: Ph / Fax 828 4517 or email jimg@pl.net

Jim Gladwin & Penny Bright Media spokespersons

The Water Pressure Group http://www.water-pressure-group.org.nz/ email: jimg@pl.net PO Box 10046 Dominion Road Auckland New Zealand Ph / Fax 0064 09 828 4517 Mobile: 025 2666 552

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Brexit & Huawei Clusterfudges

Come December 2019, the West’s social democracies could be gone through quite a few changes at the top.

British PM Theresa May might not even make it through to the New Year. In a year’s time Angela Merkel’s shaky coalition will have probably collapsed, and another German election will have been fought by the newly chosen leader of Merkel’s party... More>>


"Sahared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>

Science Advisors: Stopping Family Violence – The Evidence

A new report “Every 4 minutes: A discussion paper on preventing family violence in New Zealand” by Justice sector Chief Science Advisor, Dr Ian Lambie, discusses the evidence and asks us, as a community, to get involved. More>>


Misuse Of Drugs Act: Medicinal Cannabis Legislation Passes

“Ultimately, this legislation will greatly increase availability of quality medicinal cannabis products, and will allow for their domestic manufacture. It will help people ease their suffering by making a wider range of quality medicinal cannabis products available over time." More>>


Conflicts, Inadequacies: IPCA Finds Police Investigation Flawed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police investigation into inappropriate contact between a teacher and a student in Gisborne in 2014 was deficient in several respects. More>>


PM's Press Conference Multimedia: Grace Millane, ACC Levy Hold, Absent Execs

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern began her Monday post-cabinet press conference with an emotional comment on the murder of English backpacker Grace Millane. More>>


Child Poverty Monitor: Food Poverty Due To Inadequate Income, Housing Cost

The latest Child Poverty Monitor released today by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner reveals alarming facts about children suffering the impacts of family income inadequacy, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). More>>


Open Government: Proactively Release Of Ministerial Diaries

All Government Ministers will for the first time release details of their internal and external meetings, Minister for State Services (Open Government) Chris Hipkins announced today. More>>





InfoPages News Channels