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

 


Peace activists targeted for speaking out

Peace activists targeted for speaking out against war mongers


Anti-war activist Jon Oosterman is appearing in the Wellington District Court
tomorrow (December 20) charged with using offensive language at a protest
outside the Governor-General's residence on the day that new US
Ambassador William McCormack was presenting his creditials.

Another Wellington peace activist, Simon Riddell, is also appearing in court tomorrow, and was arrested for protesting outside the New Zealand Defence Industry Conference at Te Papa in October. He is one of five activists being dragged through the courts after voicing serious concern at Te Papa's continued agreement to host a weapons and arms conference at "Our Place".

Mr. Oosterman is charged with having uttered one offensive word through
the megaphone while describing the US occupation of Iraq and the slaughter
of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi people.

Mr. McCormack, on the other hand, continues to roam freely, despite being
the hand-picked representative of a government that has willingly and
knowingly used chemical weapons (white phosphorous) and depleted uranium

on the civilian population of Iraq. He continues to propagate the lie that the

invasion of Iraq was justified by Saddam Hussein's possession of
weapons of mass destruction. He also continues to claim that New Zealand 's
nuclear-free status is a barrier to a fully-normalised relationship with the
US. He conveniently ignores the fact that it was the US government that
unilaterally abrogated the ANZUS treaty, not New Zealand.

The whole case against Mr Oosterman raises some serious concerns about the use of New Zealand Police resources.

"There were eight police officers involved in the arrest of one man for using one swear word while the government-appointed representative of a rogue terrorist state is not only allowed to roam free, but enjoys the highest access to Members of Parliament and the Media," said Valerie Morse, member of Peace Action Wellington.

With so much free time, perhaps the Police can expand their activities to
creating the full surveillance state necessitated by the 'war on
terrorism' as enemies of the US state lurk around every corner of this
great land.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news