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15 8th April 2018
1. It’s Our Future Manawatu is a small but highly active group of like-minded but diverse people who believes that converting desire for social and community change will benefit all regardless of age, ethnicity or gender
They believe strongly in non-violent community activism. Their ages cover the full spectrum. They even practice non-violent behaviour before taking part in protest activities.
Last Thursday they [IOFM] met for their usual review of past events and future planning. This latest meeting was particularly important because it covered the protest in Wellington where Manawatu members along with hundreds of others made public their deep concerns about New Zealand’s present actions of continuing down the path of mining fossil fuels via the fracking process etc. so popular in Taranaki and in our coastal waters.
Each individual who took part in the actual protest expressed in both positive and negative terms their lessons learned.
|Non-violence in action|
The police as can be plainly seen, don’t seem to practice ‘non-violence’ And act in what would appear to be extremely assertive practiced drills.
Each of our members gave examples of how the police actually pushed and shoved them, it was almost as if their intention was to provoke violence rather than prevent it.
When the police were confronted by a group of non-violent ‘Super-grans’ all in their sixties or seventies…because of their brave resolve to maintain their non-violent behaviour was clearly evident… the police troopers suddenly backed off and quickly moved to a group of younger protesters where their bully boy attitude could possibly inflame the behaviour of the protesters so as to justify collective police violence.
The general consensus appeared to be that the police never understood the concept of non-violent behaviour.
On the positive side of the ledger was the fact that our members quickly recognised the organised pro-violent behavior of the police and their media supporters who seemed to have an obvious desire to provoke protester negative reactions. Even though many of our members were bruised and frightened by the gloved hands that pushed and shoved them they stayed calm and followed the lessons learned during and while practicing non-violent reactions to aggressive police behaviour on the day.
It was agreed that while there is little hope that any police-person will ever be charged or convicted as is absolutely evident based on past records of police non-convictions and the length of time the police spend in even reaching any negative conclusion about their own behavior, the records show that the public can wait up to two years for the police to even respond to complaints. And they always seem to find themselves not guilty.
The positives out-weigh the negatives in people taking collective actions to protect the environment, in protesting against behaviour that makes the rich wealthier and it’s ironic when one considers world history: imagine if we could have stopped Hitler legally before he murdered millions of Jews, if we had stopped the attack on Iraq by George Bush Jnr before he declared a false war because of so-called weapons of mass destruction. One day we may even realise that giving police or the military the power to break the law whenever they wish is no way to protect the populations that make up the world in which we live.
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Peter J Wheeler