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

 

Diplomatic Protection Service called over protest

Media release for immmediate release

31st August 2011

Diplomatic Protection Service called as Wellingtonians highlight Canada's tarred reputation




Photo credit: Nick Tapp


Thirty-five concerned citizens demonstrated against tar sands exploitation outside the Canadian High Commission in Wellington today. Demonstrators splashed a 2m2 maple leaf banner with biodegradable fake oil to symbolise the 'tarring' of Canada’s reputation.

Workers inside the building claimed protestors were burning a Canadian flag, and the Diplomatic Protection Service was called as a result. The Canadian High Commission shut down public access to their floor immediately and it remained closed for the rest of the afternoon. A letter from the concerned citizens to the Canadian High Commission was unable to be handed over by this group and was delivered by the Diplomatic Protection Services.

Protestor Liz Willoughby-Martin believed this was an overreaction: “Tar sands are the dirtiest source of oil on the planet. We're not here to attack Canada, and definitely not to burn their flag, we just want to peacefully oppose tar sands exploitation, particularly the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.”

“We're acting in solidarity with people protesting against the Keystone XL pipeline in Washington DC and around the world. President Obama recently approved the project, which would transport over 800,000 barrels of oil a day across Canada to the United States. Over 595 people have already been arrested during sit-ins oustide the White House, including the well-known NASA climate scientist, James Hansen who recently toured New Zealand.” Willoughby-Martin said.

“James Hansen has decribed tar sands exploitation as 'essentially game over' for the climate. It's ridiculous that the Keystone XL is even being considered.” Willoughby-Martin continued.

Canadian protestor Keely Kidner described her first-hand perspective of the tar sands: "As someone who has lived in Alberta and visited the tar sands, talked with industry, and heard the stories of First Nations People directly affected, I can't help but feel incredibly ashamed of my government. What we are doing is morally reprehensible and not at all in keeping with the image that Canada tries to portray.“

“Canadians need to take a long hard look at what's happening in Alberta and move towards a sustainable future that puts the needs of communities over those of corporations. And we need international pressure to do that."

ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Uncanny Valley Of Tokyo 2020

For all involved, this year’s Olympic Games have called for a willing suspension of anxiety. For now at least, the displays of skill and agility have been compelling enough to muffle some of the previous misgivings about the wisdom of asking athletes from all corners of the world to converge in one place in the middle of a pandemic, and at the height of a Tokyo summer... More>>



ALSO:


 
 


Child Poverty Action Group: Poverty Burden For Children Increased Due To Government Neglect - New Report

Poverty, inequity, homelessness and food insecurity are among the burdens which increased for tamariki Māori and other children in the first year of Covid-19 - partially due to Government neglect... More>>

Government: Cabinet Accepts Turkish Authorities’ Request For The Managed Return Of Three NZ Citizens

Cabinet has agreed to the managed return of a New Zealand citizen and her two young children from Turkey, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The three have been in immigration detention in Turkey since crossing the border from Syria earlier this year... More>>

ALSO:

Government: Quarantine Free Travel With Australia Suspended

Quarantine Free Travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand is being suspended as the Covid situation there worsens, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced today... More>>

ALSO:


NZUS Council: Welcomes Nomination Of Senator Tom Udall As US Ambassador To NZ

The NZUS Council welcomes the nomination of Senator Tom Udall to the role of US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, NZUS Council executive director Jordan Small said... More>>

BusinessNZ: Visa Extensions Welcomed
BusinessNZ has welcomed the extension of some critical skill visa durations and changes to immigration systems to speed processing. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says move acknowledges advocacy by the hospitality sector, the BusinessNZ Network and others, and comes not a moment too soon.... More>>



Social Development: Government Initiatives Contribute To Fall In Benefit Numbers

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the release of the June quarter Benefit Statistics which show a continuing fall in the number of people receiving a Main Benefit... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels