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NZers Vote To Protect Right To Protest At Sea

Protect Our Democratic Right To Protest
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This breaks all our records – we’re making history with this one merrilyn!
Greenpeace are striving to protect our right to protest at sea.  This is an incredibly important issue.  Believe me, I reckon that if the government succeed in criminalizing protest at sea, it will not be long before they also make it illegal to protest on land.  Big business and corrupt politicians are driving these changes. It is true that protestors’ efforts have achieved  many great changes in the past.  Protestors have achieved successes for women’s rights, for social equality and the ridding of the apartheid system in America and Africa, and protestors at sea have changed the outcome for many important environmental concerns.
The French nuclear tests at Mururoa were stopped because of the ongoing protests at sea and on shore.  Nuclear testing in the Pacific has had a devastating effect on the health of many Pacific people living in the region.

Without protesters, these nuclear tests in the small islands of the Pacific might still be going on.

Protesters at sea are working to prevent the slaughter of whales and dolphins by those nations of the world who continue to kill dying species.

Protesters at sea are working to prevent oil companies from putting down more oil wells at sea.  We have already had several major oil disasters which show just how dangerous oil drilling at sea really is.  The Gulf of Mexico oil disaster is still being cleaned up.  We had our own mini oil disaster in Tauranga only a year ago.  This showed us just how vulnerable our little country of New Zealand is, and how oil drilling at sea is just too risky.

Ocean Oil Drilling In New Zealand:  It is not worth the money gained in the short-term, because the oil clean-up after such an incident as the Rena disaster, or the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, will cost far, far more to clean up in the long term than the peanuts which we would make from selling oil.  Most of the profits go overseas to the big oil companies anyhow.  So ocean oil rigs for New Zealand are a no-brainer.

This breaks all our records – we’re making history with this one merrilyn!

See below an Email From Greenpeace, sent 12th April, 2013, which tells of the overwhelming response by New Zealanders in support of the Greenpeace petition to protect our right to protest at sea.

GREENPEACE
10,000 people voted within 24 hours to support the right to protest at sea. In three days the number grew to 18,000.  It is still growing. You can join the protest to protect our right to protest at sea by clicking on the link:

When nobody was watching over Easter, our Government did something shocking.
Hi merrilyn shelley, GREENPEACE

Photo caption: 1978 -  Waitamata Harbour,<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Auckland. The vessel in the foreground is the Alliance - a scow which was<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
part of the Peace Squadron. They were protesting the arrival of the US<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
nuclear submarine, Pintado which was escorted in by the HMNZS Waikato (the<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
same frigate sent to Moruroa test zone in 1973 by a different New Zealand<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
administration) and two naval helicopters. Click here to<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Take Action
"Your Moruroa mission is an honourable<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
one - to be silent witnesses with the power to bring alive the conscience<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
of the world" Norm KirkSHARE THIS ACTION

Nick Young From Greenpeace Wrote:

On Tuesday morning we responded to the Government’s shady ‘Anadarko Amendment’ by putting out a joint statement of opposition signed by a small group of notable people and groups.

Then we put it online and invited more people to sign it, and the response has been like nothing we’ve ever seen. We had you and more than 10,000 names in less than 24 hours, and now only three days later the count has just gone past 18,000!!

That breaks all our records – we’re making history with this merrilyn so thank you!

The petition figures were so impressive on the first day that they were mentioned in Parliament during a debate on the issue.

This is obviously something that New Zealanders are passionate about – protest at sea is part of our DNA. Simon Bridges and the Government will now be feeling very uncertain about their pro oil industry strategy, but let’s turn up the heat even more and go for 30,000 before the bill is voted in on Tuesday next week.

Please share the link on facebook now – 30% of the people who have signed have done so after seeing links in facebook – it REALLY works.

Thank you for your support,

Nick and the whole crew at Greenpeace

 

 

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