Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search


March Calls On NZ Govt To Assist People Of Burma

Protest News: March Calls On NZ Govt To Assist People Of Burma

Report and Images By Joseph Barratt

Hundreds of people marched through downtown Auckland in support of Burmese democracy over the weekend.

The colourful protest was to show solidarity with the people in Burma and to pressure the New Zealand government to do more on the international stage to put an end to the human rights abuses by the military junta ruling Burma.

Click to enlarge

They highlighted what they consider to be the hypocrisy of the New Zealand government condemning human right abuses in Burma but still allowing millions to be invested in Total through the Superfund.

Click to enlarge

Total is a French oil company and that has come under pressure in recent years for its ongoing work in Burma which many see to be propping up the military junta, there have also been reports that Total used forced labour to build pipelines.

Longtime democracy activist Pe Khin Aung, spokesperson for Burma Campaign New Zealand called for a halt for business with the ruling junta.

“Don’t do business with the Burma military regime, they are using that money to kill us.”

The protest comes after several weeks of high profile unrest in Burma where the popular movement calling for democracy was met with brutality and mass arrests.

For many it brought back memories of the 1988 uprising that saw the government kill thousands of demonstrators on the streets of Rangoon.

Many of the speakers were adamant about the need for the international community to intervene, to stop the possibility of a return to August 8, 1988, known as 88.

“Please don’t wait until millions are dead,” asked Pe Khin Aung.

Human Rights advocate Maire Leadbeater spoke at the event, “We have to get together to make sure ‘88 doesn’t happen again.”

“We can’t support democracy and invest in Total.”

Politically it was represented from across the spectrum with support arriving from Green Party, National Party, and other human right and union groups. Noticably absent was anyone from the Labour Party.


© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Reese Erlich: Foreign Correspondent: U.S. Capitol Insurrection As Seen From Abroad

In the wake of the white nationalist mob takeover of the U.S. Capitol and Trump’s pending second impeachment, I contacted journalists and activists overseas to get an idea of how the rest of the world currently views us.... More>>

Ian Powell: Health Restructuring Threatens Patient Voice

The opportunity for public voice is vital for the effective functioning of New Zealand’s health system. Inevitably voice boils down to the accessibility quality of comprehensive healthcare services for patients both at an individual treatment and population health ... More>>

Boris Johnson At Sea: Coronavirus Confusion In The UK

The tide has been turning against UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Oafishly, he has managed to convert that tide into a deluge of dissatisfaction assisted by the gravitational pull of singular incompetence. Much of this is due to such errors of ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Denying Assange Bail

History, while not always a telling guide, can be useful. But in moments of flushed confidence, it is not consulted and Cleo is forgotten. A crisp new dawn can negate a glance to the past. Having received the unexpected news that Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States for charges of breaching the Espionage Act of 1917 and computer intrusion had been blocked by Justice Vanessa Baraitser, his legal team and supporters were confident. All that was left was to apply for bail... More>>

The Conversation: The Numbers Suggest The Campaign For Cannabis Reform In NZ Will Outlive The Generations That Voted Against It

Like Brexit in the UK, cannabis reform in New Zealand fell into an age gap — given time, a second referendum would probably succeed. More>>

Gordon Campbell: 22 Short Takes On The US Election

Finally, the long night of Donald Trump’s presidency is over. To date, the courts have been given no cause to conclude that the exhaustively lengthy counts of those mountains of mail ballots was anything other than legal. Stacking the US Supreme ... More>>

  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog