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

 


More Than 600 Attend Emotional Rally in Christchurch

More Than 600 Attend Emotional Rally in Christchurch

Tears flowed as hundreds of people gathered in Christchurch yesterday.

The rally organised by ‘Canterbury for Justice in Palestine’, marking a National Day of Action to end Israel’s massacre in Gaza, saw more than 600 people march up Riccarton Rd to Shand Crescent Reserve.

Close to 400 white balloons, each bearing the name of a dead Palestinian child, were released in a highly emotional finale that saw the beautiful blue sky above dotted with hundreds of flying white balloons; a poignant representation of the number of little lives lost as a result of Israel’s actions in Gaza.

One of the organisers, Donna Miles, addressing the crowd as a mother, spoke emotionally to humanise the dead Palestinian children who she said were often referred to as just a number in the media.

"I am here out of love and respect. I am here out of love and respect for Yasmin whose name is attached to this balloon that I hold. Yasmin was only 4 years old when her life, her dreams, and her future were snatched away from her by Israeli rockets," she said.

Miles added, "I think a lot about you Yasmin. What was your favourite colour? Your favourite food? Were you alone when you died? Or in the arms of your
mother? Were you frightened sweetheart? Did you scream for help? Did anyone come to you? Did you feel pain?"

Co-organiser Lauren McGee says the New Zealand Government must take action now on the continuing violence and war in Gaza.

“We are calling on the Government to close the Israeli Embassy in Wellington.

Enough is enough and we are showing the world that this continuing murder of women and children is totally unacceptable to New Zealand and New Zealanders.”.

McGee and Miles say the more than 600 people who gathered for the rally, should send a strong message to the Government that action must be taken to stop the unbridled loss of innocent life.

More information available at https://www.facebook.com/events/273837992801892/

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: John Pilger, And Making War On China

In July, the New Zealand Defence Force is scheduled to join the latest round of Talisman Sabre, a huge training exercise that Australia carries out biennially in conjunction with all four arms of the US military.

Last time around in 2015, New Zealand contributed 650 personnel, 45 vehicles and two of our $NZ771 million dollar fleet of NH90 helicopters to this regional war game.

What’s weird is that Talisman Sabre is actually a rehearsal for an assault on China and its ability to defend itself. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Urban Planning Report: Momentum Grows To Replace The RMA

A major new report from the Productivity Commission lays the foundation for action on the growing political consensus that the Resource Management Act and associated laws are failing both cities and the natural environment and need a complete rewrite. More>>

ALSO:

Vaping: Quitline Supports Decision To Legalise Nicotine E-Cigarettes

Today Associate Minister of Health, Hon Nicky Wagner has announced that Government are taking the proactive step of legalising nicotine e-cigarettes, a move which Quitline is pleased to hear and support wholeheartedly. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Labour/Greens Deal (And The NZDF)

If Labour and the Greens were hoping their Budget Responsibility Rules (BRR) agreement would foster an unlikely alliance then hey… mission accomplished! Because it isn’t every day that Sue Bradford, the CTU and Matthew Hooton speak with one voice, as happened yesterday. More>>

ALSO:

Until After The Election: Extension Of Report-Back Date For Havelock North Inquiry

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today that the report-back date for the independent Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking-Water has been extended at the request of the Inquiry’s Panel. More>>

ALSO:

Little Heading For Court: Apology Over Donation/Hotel Contract Claims Not Accepted

Today I want to publicly apologise unreservedly to Mr Hagaman for any hurt, embarrassment or adverse reflection on his reputation which may have resulted from my various media statements. I have offered that apology to the Hagamans. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news