(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.
Below is a mash-up of media from the day – videos, photos, and tweets. We will continually add links and information as able.
(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).
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:
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!
3News report there were 30 police present. You be the judge.
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!!!