People march in New Plymouth against TPPA
About 200 people marched against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in New Plymouth yesterday as part of a Day of Action.
People assembled at Puke Ariki and walked on the main road through town chanting 'TPPA - no way!', '1 2 3 4 - TPPA out the door' and 'When people's/workers'/Maori rights are under attack - stand up, fight back!'.
At the end of the march, there were a number of speeches including an organic farmer, union organiser, Green Party activist, a member of Climate Justice Taranaki and a social worker. All encouraged people to keep fighting against the TPPA.
March co-organiser Stuart Bramhall said the TPPA was a secret deal giving companies the right to sue countries if they felt their laws were impeding their business.
She said her biggest concern was powerful multi-national drug companies could cost the country billions if they protest that Crown agency Pharmac's purchase of generic medicines was hurting the sales of their branded pharmaceuticals.
One speaker said that at the heart of this deal is an economic system based on greed - capitalism - and pointed out that the TPPA had its origins with the Labour Party and we should not let them off the hook.
This is the third protest in New Plymouth in a month! It started with a march on climate change and then a protest outside the oil and gas expo. Stand up - fight back!
Daily News Coverage with video - they are reporting 'more than 100 people' - we counted 194.