Protests

Do protests work? Only when gutless politicians or company owners fold like deck chairs

John Minto

Apparently, protests work:

Taking part in direct protest action for an environmental cause can generate attention and headlines, but do they prompt change?

Environmental protests have been a common sight in New Zealand in recent years – in January, protesters chained themselves to a Fonterra factory gate, while Greenpeace protesters occupied the ocean research ship Tangaroa in Wellington and staged a day-long protest on parliament’s roof in 2015.   Read more »

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Sue Bradford is desperately trying to backpedal on Martyn Bradbury’s civil unrest plans

The left wing are backpedalling on talking up riots. It seems the Media Party weren’t picking up what they were laying down.

So now they are trying to talk all the rowdies into a peaceful protest.

But the stroppy talk is still there

Veteran protester Sue Bradford hopes tomorrow’s anti-TPP protests will be staunch, but won’t become violent.

Some opponents of the controversial trade deal are planning a blockade around Sky City where the agreement will be signed tomorrow morning.

Other opponents are planning a separate march at Aotea Square and along Queen Street from midday.

Sue Bradford said she doesn’t want to see anybody harmed or any property damaged during the protests.

“The intention is to create as staunch a protest as possible, that’s certainly what I aim to be part of to make our point heard as strongly as possible, but in a non violent way.”

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Photo Of The Day

© Hengameh Golestan. Who speaks up for such women now? No one. But who speaks up for their oppressors? Many, many people.

© Hengameh Golestan.
Who speaks up for such women now? No one. But who speaks up for their oppressors? Many, many people.

The Day 100,000 Iranian Women Protested The Headscarf

Who spoke up for these women? No-one. Where are they now?

Those who are still alive are all wearing the hijab, unless they were able to escape from Iran.

Who speaks up for such women now? 

When 34-year-old photographer Azadeh Fatehrad first laid eyes on an image by Hengameh Golestan, of women protesting in the streets of Tehran in 1979, she was struck immediately — it was unlike anything she had seen before.

Born in 1981 in Iran, Fatehrad had learned in school that women made a smooth transition to Islamic rules imposed after the 1979 Revolution — in particular adopting a compulsory dress code, the hijab. But Golestan’s image told a different story: thousands of women in the street, protesting the announcement that the headwear would be mandatory.

“I couldn’t believe that photo was taken in Iran — I was completely surprised,” Fatehrad said. She describes this kind of historical record as “inaccessible” in Iran.

Golestan, now 64, a pioneer of Iranian photojournalism, remembers the day of the protest well. “The atmosphere was very joyful,” she recalls, on the phone from London, where she has lived for three decades. “Women went on strike that day, because the night before they had announced in the papers that women should wear scarves when they went to work. So nobody went to work, they all went on strike, came to the streets and from early morning they began to march from the Tehran University.”

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(Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images) Farmers dump pumpkins in front of an entrance to buildings of the Vaucluse prefecture in Avignon, southeastern France, on November 5, 2014. France experienced widespread farmer strikes across the country on November 5, protesting their increasing constraints and charges, the collapsing prices of cereals, milk and vegetables, caused in part by the sanctions on Russia, as well as rising fertilizer prices.

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Farmers dump pumpkins in front of an entrance to buildings of the Vaucluse prefecture in Avignon, southeastern France, on November 5, 2014. France experienced widespread farmer strikes across the country on November 5, protesting their increasing constraints and charges, the collapsing prices of cereals, milk and vegetables, caused in part by the sanctions on Russia, as well as rising fertilizer prices.

French Farmers Grow Angry

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PPTA gearing up for major anti-charter school move

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Charter schools must be such a threat to teachers in New Zealand.  What are the numbers involved?

At 1 July 2013, the number of state and private schools in New Zealand was 2,539. This is 19 fewer than in July 2012.

Between 1 July 2012 and 1 July 2013, a total of 27 schools closed: Two state intermediates, 15 full primary state schools, four contributing state schools, one private composite, one state special school, and two state and two private secondary schools. Read more »

Compare and contrast

Remember the Herald reporting on the “Candle light vigil” protest that was held outside of John Key’s home a week ago?

Internet Party founder Kim Dotcom was among around 30 protesters participating in a candlelight vigil outside John Key’s house in Auckland tonight highlighting what they say is New Zealand’s complicity in America’s drone strike programme.

This total reportedly included 4 police officers, media and the ususal rent a mob of Dotcom, Bradbury and Minto.

Last night, another candle light vigil was held, this time for Blessie.

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People are getting their planning in for Earth Hour

Further to a post on Earth Hour over the weekend, a reader shares how organised he gets for the occasion:

Earth Hour ! ! !
Don’t get me started ! :~(
Too Late !…

I protest it every year
..except last year, because it was actually too cold to get outside and
set up all my lights, but think I cooked a roast instead ; )

Yeah – so much for Al Gore’s hockey stick temperature chart
and “we’re all going to fry!” with warming. – Pffftttttt !

Tip:
In order to maximise the Earth Hour “PROTEST”
Switch OFF from 7:30PM to 8:30PM to reduced the “hour before” power saving comparison,
then POWER ON from 8.30PM to 9.30PM, while all the Greenies turn their’s off,

This will boost the power graphs in our favour, that is until the greenies get wind of it
and they start turning everything on the hour before Earth Hour so they can claim
that more people switched off during the Earth Hour. :O

I’ll be turning ON, ALL Lights, heaters, cook a roast in the oven anddddd…
switch on 3,000 Watts of spotlights specially set up, that will be
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Photo Of The Day

Kiev’s Independence Square in Ukraine

Kiev’s Independence Square in Ukraine

Before & After: Kiev’s Independence Square in Ukraine Read more »

I just can’t stand the hypocrisy

We are all allowed our own world view.  And political parties have different ways of trying to solve what is essentially the same problem.  But protesting against oil, gas and mining while not actually being able to protest nor get the message out about your protest unless you use everything that resource extraction has given humanity is impossible.

The result?   These hippy-crites truly believe they can fight for peace / fuck for virginity.

Gareth Hughes as the Arch Hypocrite of the New Zealand Green Taliban / Credit: whaleoil.co.nz

Gareth Hughes as the Arch Hypocrite of the New Zealand Green Taliban / Credit: whaleoil.co.nz

Greenpeace want publicity. Get wrong publicity. Start whining

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Really, these people are just too precious for words.  They break the law to highlight an issue, but instead of highlighting the issue, they become the story, and now it’s our fault for not being concerned about the right thing.

Wake up call for Greenpeace:  We neither care about the issue nor the idiots that thought it a good idea to not heed the warnings of the Russians.

Even John Key has asked Putin to ensure everything is done “by the book”.

*snigger*