TPPA protests

A reader writes: Who is Paul Henry’s spitting Mexican, really?

by Vlad

Today, newspapers reported briefly on the sentencing of Diego Chavez, the twerp who spat on Paul Henry and subsequently sprayed graffiti over TV3’s walls.

He was handed the usual NZ Court damp bus ticket of Community Work and reparation of $250 to Paul Henry, which he is instructed to pay off at $50 a week.

This time he is incuriously reported by our plodding repeaters as Diego Chavez. However, at a previous appearance he was named as Christian Marcel Cebolledo Gutierrez.

Now that is a very good name to Google. There may be lots of people around named Diego Chavez but there aren’t many named C M C Gutierrez, and a quick check shows that (a) Paul Henry was very luck to escape with just a spit from this character and (b) he might have a very good reason to be using an alias.

According to an International Communist League website, Christian was in the front lines of the extremely violent Oaxaca riots of 2006, where buildings and cars were burned, missiles and bullets flew and 17 died.

Christian Marcel Cebolledo Gutierrez was arrested for sedition, arson, criminal association and obstructing arrest:

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TPP protesters: confusion and fear over deal

Most of them have no idea why they are against it.

One said she was upset about the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions, because she thought that would mean the New Zealand Parliament would not be able to pass laws in the future.

Another decried what she argued was the fact that New Zealand would lose control over its environment.

Many told RNZ that New Zealand was being sold from under their feet and that they feared the country would have no control over who came in and bought the land.

Prime Minister John Key was quick to dismiss the protesters as ‘rent-a-crowd’ and while there were some familiar faces there, his comments were uncharitable and unfair.

Many of the protesters were not entirely clear about their reasons for opposing the deal, and for anyone who knows the detail of the agreement – the reasoning in some cases was misinformed.

And that’s the whole point: this isn’t an anti-TPP protest, it’s an anti-Government one.? It’s against John Key and his rich corporate mates, blah blah blah…?? Read more »


The first TPP protester today was this one

via Twitter / NewstalkZB

via Twitter / NewstalkZB


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Why does the media tend to overstate the size of a protest?

If 5 people turn up, say so. ?If there are 50 there, say so. ?But why turn a few dozen into “hundreds” and a few hundred into “thousands”?

Why is it that newspapers and TV are generally assisting the protesters in making it appear as if the protest is much more successful than it was?

One of the Whaleoil Ground Crew reports in

In this NZ Herald article, titled “Thousands protest TPPA in downtown Auckland”, the body of the text reports starts with “Several thousand protesters converged on downtown Auckland this afternoon to protest the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.”

Then two paragraphs later states, “Crowd estimates from local organisers were: 1,000 in Auckland, 400 in Wellington, 200 in Hamilton and Nelson, 125 in Whangarei, 100 each in Tauranga, Napier, Christchurch and Dunedin, 80 in Palmerston North and New Plymouth, and 30 in Invercargill.”

So the organisers themselves say that there were only a 1000, not “Thousands” as the Herald claims.

But what is more, I was in one of the apartments on the corner of Queen and Customs street.

The protesters came down Queen street and turned right on Customs street.

There they stopped a way down and I took three photos of the whole protest gathered where they stopped. ? Read more »