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(en) Protest Space Scarce As APEC Moves Into High Gear

From Mark Eden <Poo@TradesHall.org.NZ>
Date Sun, 12 Sep 1999 02:50:41 -0400


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This report is from Wellington based mainstream internet news service
'Scoop'.
They have hourly updates on the APEC meeting and the East Timor crisis at
their website.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/frames/timorcrisis.html

for anti APEC analysis check out the Apec Monitoring Group at
http://www.apec.gen.nz


Protest Space Scarce As APEC Moves Into High Gear 
Sunday, 12 September 1999, 1:28 pm 
Article: Selwyn Manning - Scoop Auckland 		

	By Selwyn Manning - Inside the APEC Media Centre, Auckland. 
	More immigrant groups representing developing countries like India,
with a strong Kashmir contingent, are well organised and vocal in getting
their message soliciting world recognition of the human rights abuses they
claim to suffer back in India. 
	Also, pro-Indonesia and pro-East Timor independence factions are
clashing as protest space along Queen St becomes more scarce. 
	Arguments are commonplace but to date all protest action has been
peaceful. Last night's anti-APEC protest march was attended by around 700
people. It made its way from QEII Square at the foot of Queen Street and
made its was to the Auckland Town Hall. 
	Speeches were held at the beginning and the end of the march. An
overt police videoing team recorded the march and apart from minor
irritations between protesters and police video camerapersons, the protest
ended without a single pepper-spray canister expelled. 
	Inside the Auckland APEC centre, it is business business, business.
Trade agreements and talks of foreign relations are intensifying. 
	The United States is taking the opportunity to raise issues which
taunt world stability - such as North Korea's development of nuclear weapons
and its imminent programme to test long range ballistic missles. 
	US President Bill Clinton said this morning his meetings with the
South Koreans were to raise a willingness among that economy's leaders to
embrace "a compassion for the people of North Korea". He said North Korea
needs food for its children and not weapons of mass destruction. 
	Other key meetings today will be between Japan and the USA. 
	Security around the APEC conference is at its highest so far. Armed
marksmen have stationed themselves around the Auckland Domain in preparation
for the leader's attending functions at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. 
	Throughout last night, Aucklanders awoke to the thumping of
helicopters above. Auckland is a security zone now. And from inside the
heart of this bastion of free market ideology, one wonders if it will ever
be the same again. 
	Sense suggests once all the leaders have gone on Tuesday, and the
press corps and the international media and the delegations and the secret
service agents and the provincial police and the German Shepherd/Wolf
crossbreed sniffer dogs [which curl their lips without even a growl] all
return to their respective abodes, then Aucklanders will be left with the
simplicity of silence and stares which are all part of the New Zealand way.
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