The TPPA is the largest single threat to our democracy. It is NOT a free trade deal, it is a forced trade deal. It is a geopolitical leash used by America to counter Chinese influence in the Pacific. It creates a de facto upper house to our Parliament that is run by American Corporations.
It will increase medicine costs.
It will be detrimental to Maori.
It weakens our environmental law and makes it incredibly difficult to pass legislation to counter climate change.
It won’t make any of the economic gains promised.
It threatens our very sovereignty.
So you must, must, must protest in Auckland on the 4th of February as they attempt to sign this atrocity.
There has been much debate about about how that protest should occur.
On this front I find myself agreeing with direct action protestors Real Choice and Chris Trotter.
I agree with Real Choice when they argue that something this huge requires people who are prepared to commit civil disobedience to fight this abomination. A sit in and arrest is not violence!
But I also agree with Trotter when he argues that Key will use protest to warp the issue into a law and order issue.
The cops training for riots, turning up armed at Key’s state of the nation and their knocking on activists doors shows that they are keen to manufacture violence and there are certainly lots of new faces in the protest movement who are suddenly advocating for a rumble.
We can not allow ourselves to get played, but we must also refuse to be intimidated by these thug tactics!
However you wish to protest on the 4th, directly from 9am or officially from midday, you simply must, but we also need to be cognitive of how this protest will be spun by the mainstream media and the Government.
We must watch the Police action and record it immediately.
We come to prevent this madness and civil disobedience must be part of that response. Violence can not be part of that response and allowing the Police and Government to turn this into a law and order issue would be playing int their hands.
TDB will be reporting on all protests. Hashtags to highlight police abuse on the day will be #TPPabuse.