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(en) New Zealand, imminent rebellion* #3 - Christchurch Anarchists Up To No Good Again...

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Date Mon, 29 Mar 2004 13:50:19 +0200 (CEST)

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THEANARCHIST Round Table (ART) staged a mass burning of New Zealand flags
on March the 20th as part of a Christchurch anti-war rally to mark the
first anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq. Around a hundred mini
flags (specially printed for the occasion!) went up in smoke in a demonstration
of solidarity with convicted flag-burner Paul Hopkinson and in protest at the
New Zealand government's support for the ongoing occupation of Iraq.
A leaflet handed out at the protest read:
"On 12 February 2004, Porirua teacher Paul Hopkinson was convicted in the
Wellington District Court of dishonouring the New Zealand flag and fined $600.
"The charges resulted from an incident in
March 2003 when Mr Hopkinson set fire to a
New Zealand flag during a protest against the
visit of Australian prime minister
John Howard. It was the first
prosecution and conviction of a
person on a flag-burning charge in
New Zealand.
"The charges were laid under
the Flags, Emblems and Names
ProtectionsAct, which was passed
by Robert Muldoon's National
government in response to the
anti-Springbok tour protests of
1981. The law is a serious threat
to freedom of speech and civil
liberties, and is now being used
by the Labour government in an attempt to stifle
protest against its involvement in the war on
Many people who attended the March 20th
protests took part in the flag burnings and none
of the flag-burners were arrested.
- Anarchist Round Table
"imminent rebellion" is currently a project in itself. It is acting as a
means through which anarchists in Aotearoa can communicate and organise. It
will, however, transition to become magazine of the anarcho-communist
federation when that eventually forms - probably later on this year or early
next year.

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