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October 1st, 2011
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So I marched in my first political protest ever today. The protest concerned the Video Camera Surveillance (Temporary Measures) Bill, an extremely dodgy piece of legislation which as I understand it, retroactively allows video evidence obtained without a warrant to be used in the prosecution case against some people accused of terrorist activity. This is despite the fact that the Supreme Court may choose to allow evidence of this sort under certain circumstances (I am not a lawyer, judge, law lecturer or any type of expert in this field. Do your own research please! I may not have understood this all exactly right.) and has chosen not to in most of of the cases in question.

So, we have
 - The police obtaining evidence under dodgy circumstances
 - The Court has the option under existing law to allow this evidence anyway, and has chosen not to
 - The Government is attempting to enact a law which essentially reverses the Court's decision.

Not only is the Government trying to interfere with the judicial process, it attempted to go about it in a way which short circuits the parliamentary debate process and eliminates the right for citizens (such as myself) and organisations (such as the Human Rights Commission) to make a submission on the issue. They didn't quite get away with ramming the bill through under Urgency, although they tried, so it is going to Select Committee  and submissions were sought - there was a 12 hour window in which they could be made. Twelve hours. I think it was that that I found most offensive.  No Right Turn has a rundown of some of the more prominent and informed submissions on the bill. tatjna has also been discussing it extensively over several posts.

More pictures, and a bit more personal commentary on the protest tomorrow. I'm still processing, both the pictures and my reactions.

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From:vernacularity
Date:October 1st, 2011 09:57 am (UTC)
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yeah i found it an interesting experience, the variety of people there besides the vocal ones. i ended up talking to a few people, including some of the police.

i thought there was general goodwill among the populace, and I thought that individual officers were probably pretty ok. i was really offended by the guy shouting "Get a real job" at them.

i think it was cool how there were radio journalists, and one of them was a woman down from auckland, with a friend, for the rugby, and heard about it and came along. i kinda declined doing a studio interview but talked into a microphone for a guy from radio new zealand.

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From:dianavilliers
Date:October 1st, 2011 10:10 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I had a bit of a chat with one of the cops, he seemed mostly slightly amused by the duty he'd pulled today.
I was offended by the f-tha-police routine going on - as far as I am concerned, it's not about the police, its about the dodgy as hell shenanigans being played again with the parliamentary process.
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From:vernacularity
Date:October 2nd, 2011 07:04 am (UTC)
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that's exactly why I was there, and spoke with a few people about it.

that's partly why I made an effort to look very non-descript and pretty much respectable. I am after all a general professional of good standing!
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From:wcg
Date:October 1st, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
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Wow. Even in New Zealand. I'm sorry. Good for you and all your fellow protesters for getting out there.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:October 1st, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
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Even in New Zealand. The current government is narrowly focussed and doesn't seem to have a good grasp on much outside of the corporate world - for example the history of and reasons for Parliamentary process. They also seem to pride themselves on being forward thinking go-getters, do-ers and removers of obstacles. Unfortunately, some of those obstacles are there for good reason, like the protection of the rights of New Zealanders who are not corporate entities.

This is why I have some sympathy with the occupywallstreet folks, despite their seeming lack of focus. The message that I'm hearing from them is one of "Something is wrong. We don't know how to fix it, but we have to stop doing what we're doing and try something different."
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From:sarahdotcom
Date:October 2nd, 2011 07:28 am (UTC)
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The current government is also in the pocket of the US embassy.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:October 2nd, 2011 07:44 am (UTC)
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The US something, yes. Our Prime Minister is a little over-enamoured of all things US, whether it be the US government, their corporations, their talkshows or their holiday destinations.

Edited at 2011-10-02 07:44 am (UTC)
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From:pombagira
Date:October 1st, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC)
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hey look there i am.. teheheh (the one next to Tats)

it was lovely to meet you yesterday.. !!


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From:dianavilliers
Date:October 1st, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
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Hi! Nice to meet you too. Good sign!
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