‘No to Corporate greed’: Thousands of Anti-TPP protesters rally in New Zealand (VIDEO)

Saturday, August 15, 2015
By Paul Martin

15 Aug, 2015

Thousands of demonstrators gathered throughout New Zealand to speak out against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal on Saturday. Extra police were called in as protesters pushed through barriers in front of the country’s parliament building.

Auckland saw the biggest turnout, with an estimated 5,000 people calling on the New Zealand government to “walk away” from the TPP agreement. Many held placards reading “Don’t trade our needs for corporate greed,” and “Enough is enough.”

Video footage shows a demonstrator on stage in the city’s Aotea Square asking “Who’s got the power?” Energetic demonstrators then respond by saying “We’ve got the power!”

After being addressed by opposition politicians and campaigners, the demonstrators marched down Queen Street to the US Consulate building.

Earlier this week, the US Consulate emailed American citizens living in New Zealand, advising them to avoid the march.

“We urge citizens to avoid the protest march route as even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational. We remind citizens to always exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations,” the consulate wrote.

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