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


Dunedin Anti-War Rally - Friday 6pm Octagon

While the the U.S. government continues in its preparations for a "global crusade against terrorism", all around the world people have begun to mobilise in opposition to the war and the mounting racist attacks against Arabs and Muslims. The attempt by George W. Bush to turn the terrible tragedy of September 11 into a war in which thousands more innocent people will be killed has ignited widespread anger, anger which will only grow as the government tries to cynically exploit the situation by rushing through new legislation aimed at punishing dissent and curtailing civil liberties.

Here in Aotearoa our government is promising to give full military support - including ground troops - to help fight what President Bush has described as a war against "thousands of terorists in more than 60 countries". However, the list of organisations being targeted shows that governments are using the opportunity to crack down not on "terrorists" but on opponents of their own rule - which renders somewhat puzzling Helen Clark's assertion that the U.S. "was not proposing a knee-jerk reaction".

Already people have begun to organise teach-ins, vigils and protests to call for opposition to the war. In Wellington last week hundreds turned out for a march on parliament, while 60-70 people attended a rally in Dunedin despite a total lack of advertising for the event. This Friday a further rally is planned at 6pm in the Octagon, where there will be an open mic as well as music and a petition for people to sign. It is intended that this will be kept up every Friday until either the crisis is averted or the war is stopped.

In the 1960s and '70s a mass movement succeeded in halting the U.S. military involvement in Vietnam. Today we desperately need to build such a movement again. And the best way to do this is by organising rallies, marches and occupations - involving as many people as possible in collective struggle.

International Socialist Organisation of Aotearoa/New Zealand www.isonz.homestead.com email isonz@hotmail.com ph. (03) 472 7473

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election