Support Activists Facing Court

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PAW (Peace Action Wellington) is doing a big fundraising push for the legal costs of the upcoming court case of people arrested at the 2015 Weapons Conference protest

In November 2015 hundreds of people protested against the Weapons Conference at a blockade organised by Peace Action Wellington. It was a peaceful, fun two days through which we aimed to stop and disrupt arms dealers from profiting from war. The police arrested 27 people over the two days – some in the non-violent blockade on public property (outside the Wellington City Council owned TSB Arena), some for asking why their friends were being arrested and others for just being there!

The police said we would just be in the cells for a few hours and would be released without charge. However, they did charge us and 16 of us are still being taken to court.

These court proceedings have been dragged out for over a year but the 16 of us, who are facing minor charges of obstruction and trespass, will now be taken to trial in February 2017. This will be a week long trial, held by the Crown rather than police prosecutor and with more than 30 witnesses being called by the police. All for standing up against the weapons trade.

Who Are We?

We are students, teachers, lawyers, filmmakers, office workers, labourers, engineers, mums and dads. We choose to stand up for something we believe in and exercise our right to protest. We believe in community action as a way to create positive change in our communities. Being dragged through a lengthy court case as a result has been a long, exhausting, difficult and expensive struggle.

What will the money be used for?

The funds raised will go towards legal costs which include: a contribution for our lawyers – who receive no legal aid funding for this work – and for costs incurred during court (eg. travel, food, and a hardship fund given the defendants will not be able work that week).

More background on the case that will be continuously updated can be found here: https://peaceactionwellington.wordpress.com/not-guilty-court-updates/

And a round up of the two day of protests can be found here: https://peaceactionwellington.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/blockade-timeline/

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