A contingent from New Plymouth will be traveling to Auckland to participate in the blockade at Sky City Convention Centre on Feb 4
From the Taranaki Daily News
It’s not too late to oppose TPPA, protesters say
Around 70 people gathered at New Plymouth’s Puke Ariki Landing as part of the nationwide protests against Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on Saturday. The trade agreement will be signed on February 4 but protesters emphasised it was not too late to stand up against it.
The signing was a way to try and “psych out” New Zealanders who opposed the deal, demonstration organiser Dr Stuart Bramhall said.
Prime Minister John Key still needed to repeal eight laws around things like consumer protection, health and safety and copyright, as well as wait for the agreement to be ratified by the 11 other countries involved, which could take up to two years, she said.
Bramhall, who moved New Zealand from the USA 13 years ago and is now a New Zealand citizen, said the laws Key wanted to dismantle were same ones people fought to establish.
“Our concern is John Key’s going to repeal these… human rights legislation, which took years of struggle to get… he’s just going to repeal all of it.”
Read more here: Taranaki Daily News