Yesterday as 2000 unionists annoyed motorists at the bottom of Auckland a couple of young counter protestors got roughed up by the union thugs:
So David (former AoC Auckland President)¬†and I decided to take to the streets with placards, joining the march from the opposite side of the¬†road¬†that they were on. My placard read “Union Strikes, Efficiency up 25%” and David’s read “Who¬†still has their jobs? Helen Kelly and Garry¬†Parsloe”.¬†I¬†had made a decision from the start that this would be a silent protest, as I knew we would be shouted at and thought that we would have been just as bad as them if we shouted profanities back.
As predicted, during the march we were screamed at, being called things such as “Fascist pigs”, “f**ken scumbags”, and “NAZIs”. Although I was expecting¬†people to shout at us, I was not expecting¬†that extreme verbal abuse.¬†Those are names I would never use to describe anyone, simply because they are extremist and are offensive to both the person you’re shouting¬†at,¬†and the people who were victims to the NAZIs. I would think that the people who like to think they fight most¬†for¬†so called freedom would understand that.*Sigh* I guess not.
Into about fifteen minutes of marching, we were rushed by a¬†bunch of protesters. One of the protesters knocked¬†my arm and stole my placard,¬†one¬†punched David in the back of his head and stole his placard. They both ripped the placards¬†and chucked the pieces onto the road, receiving cheers from many of the marchers. One¬†of the protesters had been filming¬†it, and came up to us, narrating his ‘film’ by continuously calling us¬†”f**king fascists” and “fascist pigs”, telling us that we were going to be¬†famous on Facebook. Within about¬†30 seconds,¬†one of the police officers that had been on duty came running and that seemed to be the cue for the protesters to run back into the mob.
And what did the Police do?
The police officer, instead of pursuing the people who had offended, came to¬†ask us to leave. He had seen everything, but told us that there were too many protesters for them to protect our right to protest. At the time, I was quite shaken. I was in no mood¬†or¬†state of mind to argue with the officer,¬†and so we left peacefully.¬†Although David and¬†I have¬†protested and counter-protested before, this was the first time things had¬†become¬†physical, which is something¬†we thought New Zealand was above. It seems¬†we were wrong there too.
As usual the union exhibits¬†violence, intimidation and bullying as their main tactic. No wonder Ports management have given them the arse.