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New Defence Minister a mercenary in US wars

Media release: New Defence Minister a mercenary in US wars
From: Auckland Peace Action
Date: 25 April 2017

"National MP Mark Mitchell, newly appointed as Defence Minister, was a mercenary fighter in Iraq during the bloodiest period of the US occupation. His appointment signals what a pro-war, pro-US empire government this National Party really is," said Auckland Peace Action spokesperson Virginia Lambert.

"Mark Mitchell not only went freely and willingly to fight in an illegal war of aggression, but he made a profit out of it. It is disgusting."

"More than a million people are dead in Iraq because of the US's war. Mark Mitchell was one of thousands who went to occupy and repress the local people on behalf of the US."

"New Zealanders are rightly disgusted by the aggressive warmaking of the Trump regime, yet our own government is signalling that it is fully onside with the US right wing agenda of global war and military domination. New Zealand should be a beacon for peace and justice by making a stand for a de-militarised Pacific. We must end NZ's support for the US wars. Instead this government looks set to drag NZ into another war."

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