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Labour Party targeted in anti-war day of action
29 November 2001
Auckland's Anti War Coalition will take part in a national day of action against the US war this Saturday, 1 December.
The day starts with a picket outside the Labour Party conference at 8am, at the Bruce Mason Centre, cnr Hurstmere Rd and The Promenade, Takapuna. This picket will continue until 1.30pm.
Another rally will be held at he Devonport Naval Base starting at 10.30am. Protesters and media are invited to catch the 10am ferry to Devonport, or assemble at Devonport Wharf at 10.30.
Other action against the war will take place around the country over the weekend in Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
The Anti War Coalition is hoping the Labour Party conference delegates will respond to this action in a similar manner to the Alliance Party members. Alliance delegates to their national conference gave near unanimous support for a review of their MPs' support for the Clark government's pro-war position.
It is also calling for the proposed government's 'anti-terrorism' legislation to be scrapped, as it is an attack on New Zealanders' civil liberties.
"Although the war in Afghanistan has been portrayed as a victory for the United States, the losers have been ordinary Afghan people," said Mike Beggs, a member of the Anti War Coalition. "Besides the civilians killed in the bombing, hundreds of thousands more now face starvation over the winter."
"So far the war has only replaced one band of hated warlords with another. And the US government has made it clear the war will not end with Afghanistan, " said Beggs.
The platforms of the Anti War Coalition are: - Stop NZ Military Support - That NZ take no part in US/UN-led military actions - either actively or passively. - Stop the US War - the US "war against terrorism" is itself terrorism and retribution. This is no solution. Ordinary civilians and workers will pay the ultimate price. - Stop the Anti-Terrorism Bill - The government's Terrorism Bill with amendments as they currently stand reduces and infringes many civil liberties and rights we enjoy in New Zealand. It allows the government of the day to act in secret against its citizens. - Stop Economic Sanctions - These only punish or kill civilians and workers in the countries where they are imposed. - Stop Racist Attacks - That there be no scapegoating of ethnic or religious groups.
Anti War Coalition (Auckland).