Bludgers protest National’s first benefit increase in 43 years

The bludgers of the Auckland Action Against Poverty reckon National is conducting a war on the poor.

As part of their protests they decided to protest at the Young Nationals’ ball.

Police officers stood at the door of Auckland’s Heritage Hotel last night, as about 80 protesters played music and chanted outside the venue.

Sophie Morgan of Auckland Action Against Poverty (AAAP) said the group was protesting the event to draw attention to increased inequality.

She said beneficiaries, the unemployed, and low-wage workers were hit the hardest, while the rich continued to benefit.  

“The Young Nats are celebrating while the policies of the National Party continue to wage a war on the poor.”

The group had labelled the protest an ‘alternative party’, and Morgan said the presence of about 20 police officers seemed excessive.

“The cops showed up before we did, there were at least 20 of them standing outside the doors despite us always saying we were just there to have an alternative party.”

It would have been churlish of the Herald to not point out that National handed out the first benefit increase in 43 years last week. Oh wait…they didn’t.

At the very least it could be pointed out to the protestors that benefits were last slashed 25 years ago so maybe they should spend a bit more energy actually informing themselves of something current to shout about that is actually happening.

It is just a protest against “dem Tory scum” is what it is…a demo from rent a mob.


-NZ Herald

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