The Government have just been terrified.
25 000 people protesting in Auckland alone, shutting down the Harbour Bridge and major motorways for hours so that Auckland City was jammed solid…
…and what’s Key’s reaction? He’s done ANOTHER U-turn and has now decided not to go to Waitangi Day. Key, the Police and the Government did not expect the huge numbers today, they were hoping on a few hundred and were hoping to manufacture a violent reaction.
Police were initially going to stop the protestors at Federal street, but when the few hundred turned into 1500, they backed down and formed lines outside SkyCity entrance. Once they were taken care of, small groups of 300 set out to shut down intersections and the 25 000 who marched in the main protest sent a short sharp message to Key that NZers are utterly against the TPPA in numbers where he can’t pretend they don’t exist.
Police came looking for a fight with a small group of protestors and ended backing right off when they saw how many there were. They underestimated protestor numbers, protestor tactics and multiple protest groups.
Here’s your tax dollars being spent to protect a bloody Casino…
John Key claims the protesters were just a ‘rent-a-mob’ – looks a tad bigger than that John…
This is what Democracy looks like!
The huge turn out has spooked the Prime Minister from attending Waitangi Day. To try and rob NZers of our sovereignty 2 days before Waitangi and then refusing to turn up because you’re too frightened by the reaction is gutless and cowardly.
No violence, just well targeted attack on the infrastructure. Police didn’t see it coming, and were over whelmed. Congratulations to Jane for her tireless leadership, all the usual leaders and planners and the new leadership team who ran the blockade.
Brilliant work by everyone – we will show this Government that NZers will not just allow their sovereignty to slip quietly into the night. This signing was just one part of the next wave of protests.
Here is the step by step legislative process the Government need to undertake now Key has signed the TPPA…
Text and National Interest Analysis are tabled in Parliament
Text and National Interest Analysis are referred to Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Committee
Executive can ratify TPPA after the select committee reports or 15 sitting days elapse, whichever is earlier.
If legislative change is required to comply with TPPA the Executive will not normally ratify until the legislation is passed
Select committee can elect to hear submissions on TPPA
Select committee reports to Parliament
Parliament may decide to debate the select committee report
Parliament may decide to vote on the TPPA
Executive must report its response to any select committee recommendations within 90 days
Any legislative changes required to bring NZ into compliance with TPPA are introduced in a Bill
The Bill follows standard parliamentary process, normally including submissions
Executive ratifies the Agreement at a time of its choosing, normally after the Bill is passed
NZ notifies the TPPA repository (NZ) that its domestic processes are complete
TPPA comes into force when required number of parties notify completion of domestic processes”
Comrades, brothers and sisters, we can fight this abomination every step of the way, and with 25 000 turning up in Auckland alone, we have the numbers to fight this and slow it down.
PS – Cameron – you predicted that I would be arrested for organising the protests today. I wasn’t, and you were wrong. But if we are making legal predictions about each other champ, I predict you have some terrible legal problems looming very soon. Let’s see whose prediction wins shall we?