INDEPENDENT NEWS

Oil Free Wellington supporting the blockade of Weapons Expo

Published: Mon 9 Oct 2017 08:12 AM
Oil Free Wellington supporting the blockade of the Weapons Expo
Oil Free Wellington is supporting tomorrow's blockade of the annual NZDIA Weapons Expo.
Groups from all over the country are gathering to shut down the Expo, held this year at the Wellington Westpac Stadium. Members of Oil Free Wellington will join the protest.
Oil Free Wellington spokesperson Frances Mountier says, "we are supporting the blockade because peace issues and climate justice are intertwined. If we are to achieve a just and sustainable world there is no room for the weapons industry. You cannot have a just world where people make money out of the deaths of others."
She continues, "just as climate change is being fueled by oil and gas companies pursuing profit, war is fueled by weapons manufacturers and industries seeking to make money. Climate change and war destroy homes, displace people and effect the poor and vulnerable."
"As climate change gets worse so too will conflicts around resources, land, migration and displacement. Tomorrow we will be taking action against businesses which would seek to profit from such conflict and wars."
The Weapons Expo is a trades fair for major weapons companies, including Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Thales and Northrup Grumman. These companies come together at the Expo each year to carry out business deals, network, and plan how to expand their businesses.
Unfortunately, such deals fuel a global war machine that causes death and destruction in countries across the world.
Groups including Auckland Peace Action, Peace Action Hamilton, People Against Prisons Aotearoa, Palestine Solidarity Network, Whanganui Positive Activists, It’s Our Future Manawatu, Oil Free Wellington, Unions Wellington, Pacific Panthers, Quakers, Catholic Workers and many other individual social justice activists will join the blockade.
We invite people in Wellington to come to the Westpac Stadium tomorrow and join us in taking a stand against war.
More information can be found at http://www.stopthearmstrade.nz/armsExpo/2017
ENDS

Next in New Zealand politics

Rt Hon Winston Peters Speech: The Gathering Storm Clouds: Ihumatao
By: New Zealand First Party
National Will Restore Farmer Confidence And Pride
By: New Zealand National Party
Wealth tax not a bottom line for Green Party but they will push for it - Shaw
By: RNZ
More Border Exceptions For Critical Roles
By: New Zealand Government
On Last Night’s Leaders Debate
By: Gordon Campbell
Dunne Speaks: The Election Campaign Just Grinds Slowly On And On
By: Peter Dunne
Electoral Commission: Candidate And Party Lists Released
By: Electoral Commission
National Releases Its Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity
By: New Zealand National Party
New Zealand First Party List
By: New Zealand First Party
Mana whenua reach decision on Ihumātao land
By: RNZ
Fletcher seeks urgent talks on Ihumatao stalemate
By: BusinessDesk
What The Hell Is Happening With Ihumātao?
By: New Zealand Taxpayers' Union
Primary Sector Exports And Jobs Up Again
By: New Zealand Government
Environment And Climate Will Be Decimated By National’s Dangerous Agriculture Policy
By: Green Party
Feds - Suitably Impressed At Week Of Positive Agriculture And Horticulture Policy Announcements
By: Federated Farmers
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media