Military to be used against NZ peace flotilla

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The government has indicated it plans to deploy the NZ military against a peaceful flotilla opposing the entry of warships into Auckland Harbour in November.

This is a major crackdown on protests. It even bans swimming in parts of the Harbour while these warships are around.

The NZ Navy is hosting wargames with a US warship in mid-November in the Hauraki Gulf. Auckland Peace Action is organising a flotilla to demonstrate New Zealanders’ opposition to war and weapons.

This country has an incredibly proud history of on-water actions against war and nuclear weapons. However, this government is determined that it won’t be embarrassed while it is hosting the US military here. It is effectively declaring martial law in these particular parts of the Harbour, and denying people freedom to use the water.

Transport Minister Simon Bridges issued an intention to declare a Major Maritime Event starting 10 November. It allows the NZDF to be used as enforcement officers to ensure that people stay out of the areas listed in the declaration, and to use force if necessary.

The NZ Navy war games, dubbed ‘Operation Mahi Tangaroa,’ are part of a demonstration of US naval superiority for the protection of multinational big business, including deep sea oil exploration, GMO aquaculture, seabed mining and fisheries exploitation.

 

13 thoughts on “Military to be used against NZ peace flotilla

  1. Just to clarify “to ensure that people stay out of the areas listed in the declaration, and to use force if necessary.” means as far as I can see the areas defined by the wording of the ‘Major Maritime Event’ which means 60-100m around each major vessel (depending on whether under way or not). So don’t be put off by the red line folks – enter that area! (and if you should drift ….)

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    1. Tanks Ben. I am aware of the state perpetrated disregard for our civil rights here in Aotearoa. I am offended from the audacity of the American attitude in having our own government bend over for foreign US interests. I say all this in light of being US military retired. Fucking shame. G.A.R.A.N.T.E.E.D the bribes and gratuities have been surrendered.

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  2. Nice one……
    The mighty USA military being offered safe
    passage…..with NZ political Cl-asses !
    Why NZ ? No other OZ et al will accommodate
    military exercises in their back yard.

    Question
    Will Russia or China be offered same/similar ?
    Doubt it !

    Hypocrites abound in political Cl-asses !

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  3. GET RID OF THIS GOVT .UNCLE JOHN IS NOT LISTENING TO ITS PEOPLE’S. WE DO NOT WANT DRILLING IN THIS COUNTRY WE DONT NEED THE BLOODY USA IN AOTEAROA.AND THE MILITARY AGAINST ITS OWN PEOPLES WHERE ARE WE IN MEXICO GET RID OF THIS MONGREL.

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  4. worse NZ’s Anti-NUKE Stance A shameful breach of manawhenua tiriti rights and customary fishing rights to protect impending TPPA go home America we dont want you and your WAR MACHINES

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