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Peace Action shuts down weapons conference

Published: Wed 18 Oct 2006 10:23 AM
Media Release: Peace Action successfully shuts down weapons conference
Date: 18 October
From: Peace Action Wellington
Peace activists from all over the country converged outside Te Papa ‘Our Place’ to reclaim it from the annual weapons conference meeting happening there.
The march of approximately 200 people met at Pigeon Park and marched to the Te Papa forecourt where six blockades of entrances were set up.
The Police, hired security guards and delegates attacked people as they participated in a non-violent sit-in, punching one woman in the face and hitting another person with a car.
The NZ Defence Industry Assocation Conference is a trade meeting of some 200 weapons manufacturers from all over the world. Despite this, the Labour Minister of Disarmament, Phil Goff thought it appropriate to speak at the conference and encourage these war profiteers.
For more information about the conference and further resistance activities today, please check out www.peacewellington.tk
ENDS

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