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(Video) New Zealanders March Against Secret TPP Trade Deal

Yesterday, more than 20,000 New Zealand protesters marched against the TPP, the infamous trade agreement being written in secret. A recurring theme of the protest march: “Democracy does not happen behind closed doors!”

Thousands of people marched across multiple cities in New Zealand protesting the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. The White House says it’s a good deal, but why is it a secret?

— AJ+

A little background. The video at the beginning of the following article is worth watching. It really expresses what we all feel. “Democracy is not a ‘trust-us democracy’, it’s a ‘peoples’ democracy.'”

Thousands March against TPP Trade Agreement (Link)

Organizers estimated 10,000 protesters had gathered in Auckland; 5000 in Wellington; 4000 in Christchurch and 2000 in both Dunedin and Hamilton. They put the crowds at 800 in Nelson, 500 in Napier, 300 in New Plymouth, 200 in Tauranga, 250 in Golden Bay and 50 in Featherson .

In Auckland the gathered masses ranged from parents with young families to veteran protesters, and came together under banners reading “TPPA Democratic Terrorists”, and “TPPA No Way”.

— Stuff


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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. stuartbramhall

    Great video. According to my sources, the number was closer to 25,000. 300 people marched here in New Plymouth.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Is the media different in NZ, compared to the US? Was the march covered well in the news?

      • JoAnn Chateau

        You were quoted! (as protest organizer) Sounds like you think the TPPA will fail. That’s encouraging!

  2. Su Leslie

    I marched in Auckland. It was a really good, positive atmosphere. Peaceful protest at it’s best.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      It must have been a wonderful experience. Sounds like it went off without a hitch!

      • Su Leslie

        Sound system was pretty dodgy, so it was really difficult for everyone to hear the speeches. But hey! It was the first march I’ve been on in a while.
        Certainly the first since smart phones, FaceBook, Twitter, etc. So many of my photos had people taking selfies and using their phones while marching (must admit, I was tweeting images of the march myself). Phones in one hand, takeaway coffees in the other — marchers of the 21st century!

      • JoAnn Chateau

        It takes a multi-tasker to be an effective activist now days. I’m going to look for your pics on Twitter, Facebook, too.

  3. swo8

    I saw that and I’m so glad the movement hasn’t lost momentum.

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