New Zealanders Prepare to Blockade Wellington Weapons Expo
New Zealanders prepare to blockade Weapons Expo next week
People from all over the country are preparing to
head to Wellington for
a non-violent blockade of the annual NZDIA Weapons Expo next week.
The Expo is being
held this year at the Westpac Stadium. People
interested in participating in blockading are invited to meet at 90
Waterloo Quay at 7:30 am before proceeding to the stadium.
“New Zealanders are travelling from far and
wide to stop weapons dealers
from peddling death in their capital city, ” said Peace Action
Wellington spokesperson Jessie Dennis.
“The products on sale, the
delegates attending, and the companies they
represent are part of a killing machine that profits from death and the
ruination of whole countries.
“War is a
money-making industry and the deals made at these expos
deadly. In 2015, then-defence minister Gerry Brownlee claimed that there
were nothing more deadly than socks and paper cups on display. Socks and
cups aren’t killing people in Yemen, Syria, and Palestine but the
weaponry sold at this expo is.
“We invite people
from all walks of life to join us in resisting
militarisation of this country.”
Auckland Peace Action, Peace Action Hamilton,
Against Prisons Aotearoa, Palestine Solidarity Network, Whanganui
Positive Activists, It’s Our Future Manawatu, Oil Free Wellington,
Shakti Women’s Refuge, Unions Wellington, Pacific Panthers, Quakers,
Catholic Workers and many other individual social justice activists will
join the blockade.
“It’s time the government
recognised that the money spent on ‘defence’
could be better spent on reducing the disgraceful levels of child
poverty in this country, or on addressing the housing crisis,” said