Football for Peace – celebrate the 1914 Christmas Truce

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What: Boxing Day Football Game, all ages and skill levels welcome!
Where: Parliament forecourt
Time: 12 noon.

In the first Christmas of World War 1, soldiers disregarded any official orders from their superiors, an unofficial armistice was declared, and men who had been shooting each other began to fraternise. Football games were held in ‘no man’s land’ the area between the German front lines and the English & French front lines.

In honour of the 1914 Truce, Peace Action Wellington is holding an anti-war football game. We invite people interested in peace, justice and self-determination to come along. As the New Zealand State builds up to the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, we think it is that it is crucial to remember the battles of WWI were fought in the defence of European empire and industry, NOT in the defence of ideals of democracy and freedom. The war was instigated by opposing European empires seeking to control world’s resources.

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