#N3 Street Party Against Privatisation #ANFS

#N3 was amazing. The Street Party Against Privatisation shutdown of K’Road by ‘Aotearoa Is Not For Sale‘ (#ANFS), ‘Socialist Aotearoa‘, Occupy and others, closed down the main block of the 2nd most famous street in New Zealand for approximately four hours.

The most famous street – Queen Street – was already shut down on July 14th.

It started out terrifying – with S.A., ANFS & Occupy all posting on social media pages that the NZ police had declared the event an illegal gathering & had threatened to mass arrest everyone.

In transit to the city, we cursed the fact that there was not a single radio station even mentioning what was unfolding, in the middle of the city.

Sure enough, upon our arrival we realised things had got heated really fast, with one cop in particularly shoving several people and one arrest (veteran Kiwi activist Malcolm France), during several scuffles between the cops and the public.

This is a short video of the battle of the pagodas – initially the police were successful at removing stuff from the street but after this a bunch of people grabbed hold of all the poles of each one and had a brief and bizarre tug of war with the police.

Then a group of marchers bearing a huge banner came around the corner towards us, and the police ran off to try to intercept them and the second their backs were turned, everyone piled into the middle of the street and within seconds the entire carnival was firmly established.

Everything from front and rear road cones and barriers/banners/signs, the children’s tents, all the activities, chalking and face painting, was going within minutes of the police confronting the other marchers.

People power prevailed! The party began.

(To see that and more, check out @Redstar309Z’s livestream footage. Note the cops with NO BADGES DISPLAYED at 20:40 on his stream)

Our favourite moment was after the fracas had subsided and the speakers were finished, when this amazing band (with three female vocalists) really got the crowd going. We captured one of their songs on video and it’s well worth the watch.

OK photo time. There was lots of Chalkupy goodness. Will update all the captions when we can.

Enjoy 🙂

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Occupy NZ Endorsement Of & Media Resources For #J14 Protest Actions In 17 NZ Cities/Towns

Occupy New Zealand wholeheartedly endorses the Aotearoa Is Not For Sale National Day of Action taking place across the nation tomorrow Saturday July 14, 2012.

We now hear as many as 17 cities & towns are organising solidarity actions for #J14. We are so proud of everyone getting involved in this momentous day for Aotearoa New Zealand.

We are participating in the promotion of the event and urge you to share the following details so that supporters worldwide may participate online.

We continue to support in every way we can, the edification & uplifting of ALL of the public of New Zealand and see these events as a hugely positive step forward for our country.

Kia ora whanaunga.

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RESOURCES:
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WEBSITE: www.aotearoaisnotforsale.com

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/events/381201455270099/

TWITTER HASHTAGS: #J14 #ANFS

LIVESTREAM: www.bambuser.com/channel/occupyauckland @Redstar309z

LIVETWEET: @ANFSJ14 @OccupyNZ @endarken

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: @ANFSMedia

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ACTIONS TAKING PLACE:
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Auckland – http://www.facebook.com/events/381201455270099/
Hamilton – https://www.facebook.com/events/254089791366056/
Tauranga – https://www.facebook.com/events/277616895679436/
Palmerston North – https://www.facebook.com/events/212098175579407/
Whanganui – http://www.facebook.com/events/411222562255038/
Taranaki – https://www.facebook.com/events/448550981834707/
Napier – https://www.facebook.com/events/206879449438201/
Christchurch – https://www.facebook.com/events/254862264628627
Nelson – https://www.facebook.com/events/328042460614102/
Dunedin – https://www.facebook.com/events/404108319625898/
Wellington – http://www.facebook.com/events/264392386998875
Hokianga / Rawene – https://www.facebook.com/events/394040487324700/
Timaru – http://www.facebook.com/events/250488715067888/
Takaka – 1pm, Main Street
Raglan – 2pm, Ngarunui Beach

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FULL #ANFS ENDORSEMENTS LIST:
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Helen Kelly for the Council of Trade unions,
Phil Twyford for the Labour Party,
Russell Norman for the Green Party,
Winston Peters for New Zealand First,
Hone Harawira for the Mana Movement.

Also endorsed by:
We Are the University (Auckland)
Unite Union
The EPMU
The Public Service Association
The Service and Food Workers Union
The Maritime Union of New Zealand
New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Equity
Citizens Against Privatisation,
Public Services Association
PPTA (Auckland)
NZEI
Occupy Movement
NZ First Youth Wing
Grey Power
Socialist Aotearoa.