(Updated D10 2012) The frequently foolish John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand, has a long track record of outright “ignoring” mass dissent amongst the population, boiling for over a year now.
When 8,000 protesters amassed on the steps of Parliament in May, John Key claimed from inside that very building, to be unaware of their presence.
Only last week, he told the NZ public to outright “ignore” the TPPA protesters.
Today those protesters showed that they will not be ignored.
The mainstream media version of today’s events is that a rogue female protester assaulted a cop, resulting in the unrest. However, eye witness testimony from those on the ground paints a vastly different picture.
As does the extremely valuable live video coverage of the event, broadcast by Occupy Eye (NYC, DC) and Redstar309Z (Auckland, NZ) from the ground. Their streams are a must-see.
Below is a mash-up of media from the day – videos, photos, and tweets. We will continually add links and information as able.
These boxes contained 750,000 signatures from people worldwide who are against the TPPA
After Professor Jane Kelsey from Auckland University School of Law was denied entry to hand over the petition, the boxes were set alight in protest. #d8 #tpp #tppa
(Last two photos by @keyweekat of Occupy Auckland Media Team)
Keyweekat’s video of the symbolic burning of the rejected petition signatures:
At this point, several scuffles broke out between police and protesters with livestream footage showing officers throwing punches, kicking & shoving & using various tactics against protesters of all ages and walks of life.
There was much furore after the cop in this photo allegedly attacked a number of protesters including women. He was then intercepted by a group of protesters who began to return the favour, at which point according to Occupy Eye, the rest of the cops “came in swinging” to get him out. (Refer to the livestreams to see these events for yourself).
“What kind of a cop is this? No ID, No badge, No uniform, A crash helmet. He roamed around beating up on young girls.” says an eye-witness http://t.co/eFWWrKH9 #tpp #tppa #d8
The protesters then scattered with a large group gathering for debrief at Aotea Square, which was quickly surrounded by police, apparently intent on kettling those still within the vicinity.
However the display of violence against the young female had infuriated the crowd, who openly confronted the police, telling them to stand down & leave immediately, which they apparently wisely chose to do.
This 12 minute video filmed & edited by Occupy Eye is a must-see.
For a thorough time-stamped analysis of the above video please read this viewing guide.
Police Walk Of Shame from Aotea Square after assaulting protesters incl. young women:
Eye-witness testimony regarding police assaults on protesters:
2nd eye-witness testimony regarding police assaults on protesters:
- Middle-aged protester shows her bruises from being physically grabbed and thrown by police #d8 #tpp #tppa #anfs
3News (who have a long track record of misrepresenting protest actions in New Zealand) claim there were 30 police present. In reality, there were a multitude of squads of 30-45 police each and likely in excess of 30 police vehicles.
We might wonder where TV3 and the other corporate media get their information from. However, we know full well where they get it from. In fact, we captured them getting it!
Is this why the NZ corporate media are reporting fiction?
3News report there were 30 police present. You be the judge.
Intersection of Albert & Wellesley, #d8 #tpp #tppa
Albert Street #d8 #tpp #tppa
Intersection of Albert St & Victoria St West
Victoria Street West, Auckland #d8 #tpp #tppa
Federal St, Auckland. Entrance of the Sky City Grand Hotel #d8 #tpp #tppa
Intersection Federal St & Wellesley St, Auckland #d8 #tpp #tppa
There were squads of cops like this at each corner/entrance to Aotea Square, blatantly attempting to kettle the protesters who had fled to Aotea to escape the violence at Sky City
Also check out this must-read blogpost with more commentary and pics & vids shot from different angles.
Thank you to the world for watching. Special thanks to Global Rev & Ustream for carrying the livestreams today. Big boo to Sky News for stealing Occupy Eye’s stream without permission. More to come about that!!!