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An Occupation to remind the Government…

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no asset sales

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NZ, Wellington, 7 May 2013 – Since the anti-asset  sales march on 27 April (see:   27 April in Wellington – A Protest Against State Asset Theft (Part Tahi)), a new occupation has been set up at the foot of Wellington Cenotaph, at the intersection of Lambton Quay and  Bowen St.

A much more low-key event than the occupation of Wellington’s Civic Square in January 2012, the occupiers number only a few, with two tents, and signage;

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Edd (L) and James (R), standing beside their tents.

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James told this blogger that the occupation started soon after the 27 April protest march and he expected others to join in as time went by. He used the phrase,

Get an education,

Join the Occupation!”

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The Occupation supports and promotes several causes which are odf concern to communities around the country – issues which National studiously ignores, in favour of Big Business;

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But the main  message is one of peaceful protest against the sale of assets which we, the people, rightfully own;

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And the accent  is on a peaceful protest;

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Edd and James keep the area clean and clear of rubbish and leaves at all times.  The Council can rest easy that this Occupations will not result in an unsightly mess;

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They are both keen to keep negative elements away from the Occupation;

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In fact, James told this blogger that they had learned from their mistakes from  the previous occupation of Wellington’s Civic Square and were adamant that they wanted no alcohol, drugs, or “feral” element associated with their protest. At all times, James insisted, they wanted to stay On Message, and to engage with the public – not freak them out.

James said that their staunch insistance on no alcohol or drugs and good behaviour had resulted in a positive response from Police and the Council. They also had full support from the Global Occupy movement and from Tainui, which was planning to visit them.

Staying On Message – and the message was simply;

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According to James and Edd, their actions were for the country and for future generations. James said,

People get used to being debt slaves,” and the loss of state assets would push up prices and place our country further into into.

James is not wrong. As the chart below shows, private debt has ballooned in the last two decades;

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Source: NZ Reserve Bank

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When a passerby asked James,

So you want to destroy the government ?”

James replied,

No, We want you to learn.”

Amen to that, brother.

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Previous Related Blogposts

27 April in Wellington – A Protest Against State Asset Theft (Part Tahi)

27 April in Wellington – A Protest Against State Asset Theft (Part Rua)

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