These are the guys who didn’t get the memo that TPP is a good idea now:
A last-ditch effort to stop the CPTPP has seen protesters cement themselves in concrete as well as dumping pillows and soft toys outside MP’s offices.
The CPTPP (Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership) deal will be signed in Chile on Thursday (Chile time), but activists aren’t giving up the fight.
Christchurch Direct Action Group members stood in a wooden box cementing their feet into concrete outside Labour MP Ruth Dyson’s office in Christchurch on Thursday afternoon.
Excellent. When it hardens take them for a long walk off a short pier.
Earlier in the day pillows and soft toys were dumped outisde Jacinda Ardern’s electorate office in Auckland.
The Auckland TPP Action Group dumped dozens of pillows, soft dog toys and homemade rats outside the Prime Minister’s office in Mt Albert, Auckland. Messages written on the pillows include ‘Aotearoa is not for sale’, ‘Protect Aotearoa and our ecological assets’ and ‘It’s our children’s future! We must protect it!’
The dogs refer to Ms Ardern’s previous comments that investor-state dispute clauses (ISDS) in the CPTPP are “a dog”, and the rats are a reminder the new deal will still need to be ratified by Parliament.
“The pillows symbolise how the Government has gone to sleep on the wider implications of the TPP,” said Auckland TPP Action Group spokeswoman Chantelle Campbell.
“The Government needs to wake up and be truthful about what the TPP will mean for New Zealand. If they don’t, they will be lying on their pillows as they try to sleep at night, while New Zealand is being sold out, leaving a nightmare for our future generations to deal with.”
Staff at Ms Ardern’s office declined to comment on the dumping. The protesters say they want the items given to the homeless.
Another member of Auckland TPP Action Group, Lisa Er, told Newshub there’s still a chance the CPTPP can be stopped – even after it’s been signed.
To stop it being signed right now, today, it’s not possible. However it’s still got to go through the ratification process in New Zealand… so we still have a chance.”
Isn’t it amazing. When Labour were in opposition this agreement was evil. It is barely changed and now there are barely any protests, and those protests are pathetic.
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