Following R0b’s post here are some photos from the Auckland protest. There were thousands in attendance and there was a passionate and angry mood to the protest. All due credit to Martyn Bradbury, Mana and Global Peace and Justice for doing all of the heavy lifting. There needs to be work on a broad coalition though if the effects of the dissent are going to be maximised.
David Shearer spoke well and advocated that we all copy John Key into any complaints that we have about breaches of our privacy. For those who do not know his email it is john dot key at parliament dot govt dot nz. Labour MPs David Cunliffe, Darien Fenton, Carol Beaumont and Phil Twyford [EDIT and Sua William Sio] were there in support.
Gareth Hughes spoke well also and suggested that Kim Dotcom should become Kim Dotcodotnz. This suggestion was met with applause.
Martyn Bradbury coordinated things well and struck a chord when he said that his three year old daughter did not deserve to be spied upon just because her father was an activist.
John Minto and Jane Kelsey spoke with their usual passion.
All in all a good march. It was organised on a shoe string and quickly. It is really important that the momentum that is clearly building is maintained.
So the debate needs to be where to from here?