Policing of TPP protest was provocative and plain stupid

Global Peace and Justice Auckland media statement from Saturday's protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The policing of the TPP protest in Auckland this afternoon was provocative and plain
stupid.

As the protest gathering was preparing to leave Skycity the most senior police
officer intervened to stop a symbolic act of burning a number of cardboard petition
boxes.

With tensions running high after the refusal of TPP organisers to accept the 750,000
international petition against the negotiations the police action added insult to
injury.

It was unnecessary, highly provocative and it was inevitable a scuffle would break
out with several people injured.

To make matters worse this same officer repeated the stupidity with the very
provocative arrest of a young woman in Aotea Square a short time later.

Another scrum was inevitable with further injuries.

Police diplomacy, restraint and awareness were absent today and resulted in at least
100 people lining up to abuse the 20 or so police as they left Aotea Square.

Today’s policing was way up there among the most stupid and provocative we’ve seen
in 35 years of being part of various protests.

I’ve never seen one police officer cause so much unnecessary trouble for themselves
as well as the protest group. The police in the protest deserved much better
leadership today.

John Minto & Mike Treen

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