Women fast for peace in Wellington
Women fast for peace with justice and self-determination.
On the second anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, two women have begun a fast outside the US embassy in Wellington. Hana Plant and Emma Wills are fasting in solidarity with the people of Iraq and victims of US imperialism everywhere; as well as the protestors violently arrested at an anti-war demonstration in Auckland this morning.
The two were part of a 150 strong demonstration which arrived at the embassy earlier today. Around 20 protestors have pitched their tents on grass nearby.
"Our action is an attempt to bring home the reality of violence and deprivation, which our consumerist lifetyles necessitate. So much suffering is caused by Western countries which choose to invade other peoples and steal their resources rather than limit their own consumption," said 20 year old Political Science student, Emma Wills.
"We were appalled to see police in Auckland violently silence a legitimate protest. The 'peace' they are defending is actually an ignorance of our government and the ANZ's participation in the invasion and occupation of Iraq," said topless gardener Hana Plant.