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Aerial Spraying Protestors ConsiderDirect Action

Published: Fri 29 Nov 2002 09:04 AM
Aerial Spraying Protestors Considering Direct Action
Helen Wiseman-Dare of WASP said today that she was heartened to hear that people were considering protesting at Whenuapai Airbase on the next Spray Day. Spraying is next scheduled for December 2nd.
WASP is encouraging residents in the spray zone to continue with their tarpaulins protest which involves covering up their gardens and properties during spraying as both a form of protest and as a way to protect their gardens from the effects of the spray. Many residents had experienced damage to vegetation in their gardens and plants dying after being aerially sprayed. Residents had also told her they wished to protect their vegetable gardens from being sprayed with unknown chemicals. Organic gardeners were particularly concerned to keep Foray 48B off their gardens as it is not licensed for use in organic growing and growers overseas had lost their organic certification after being aerially sprayed.
WASP has also heard that some residents intend to float helium balloons 50 - 70 metres above their homes on spray days as a form of protest. Residents intend to have slogans such as "MAF OFF" or "FOKKER OFF" on their balloons.

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