Protest against Anzac war profiteers

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18 April, Cenotaph, Wellington 4.30pm

As Anzac Day approaches, New Zealand's defence industry continues to exploit the Anzac myth for the perpetuation of its war agenda.

Peace Action Wellington will protest the recent Navy upgrade and the government's position on inviting US warships back into New Zealand ports, at a pre-Anzac Day gathering to coincide with an International Day of Action Against Arms Spending on Monday 18 April, at the cenotaph, Wellington at 4.30pm.

New Zealand has just recommitted its military presence in Iraq, and its ‘ANZAC class’ frigates are being upgraded in a $446 million contract won by the Canadian arm of global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin, chief sponsor of the NZ Defence Industry Association's weapons conference.

The government's has also extended an invitation to the world's warships to come help celebrate the New Zealand Navy's 75th anniversary in Auckland in November. If the U.S. accepts the invitation, it will be the first visit to New Zealand from a US naval vessel, since our Nuclear Free legislation required them to drop their “neither confirm nor deny” policy on the presence of nuclear armaments on their ships in the late 1980s.

Come and help us protest these political developments, and have your feelings about profiteering from war and nuclear weapons heard.

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