Subject: Aotearoa Independence Movement National Launch & Waihopai Spy Base Protest, Saturday January 27th, Blenheim
Date: October 2nd 2017
AOTEAROA INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT NATIONAL LAUNCH
Saturday January 27th
Nativity Centre, 76 Alfred Street, central Blenheim
The launch will be on that afternoon, following on from the Anti-Bases Campaign’s:
WAIHOPAI SPYBASE PROTEST
10 a.m. Waihopai spy base outer gate, Waihopai Valley Road
(see below for details of that).
The Aotearoa Independence Movement (AIM) is a campaign, not an organisation. Our purpose is to initiate and drive a nationwide dialogue to advance the case for a non-aligned Aotearoa based on policies of economic, military and political independence.
The AIM programme details (such as times for speakers, workshops and the film) for the afternoon of Saturday January 27th are still being worked out but what we can tell you thus far is:
There will be plenty of time for people to split into groups, based on where they come from, to discuss how to build and implement the AIM campaign in their city or town. The day will conclude with a screening of John Pilger’s excellent 113 minute 2016 documentary “The Coming War On China”. Lunch and tea will be provided.
So, a morning protest at the base, an afternoon of organisational and campaign-oriented workshops with nationally known speakers and a thought-provoking film to round off the day. Make sure you register in advance (details below) so that we know how many to expect for the AIM launch. We also need to know numbers in advance for catering purposes.
We are planning to run the workshops on geographical lines, to group people together to discuss how best to build the AIM campaign in their city, town or area.
To register for AIM's National Launch, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: I Will Be Attending AIM's National Launch, and include your name, address, and e-mail, phone and mobile details.
Aotearoa Independence Movement
Box 2258, Christchurch 8140
WAIHOPAI SPY BASE PROTEST
JANUARY 26-28, 2018
The disastrous Trump Presidency raises the urgent question – why is New Zealand still an active and willing part of the US Empire? The US intelligence and nuclear war machine controls the NZ Government Communications Security Bureau. The GCSB is now legally allowed to systematically spy on New Zealanders; as well as routinely spying on any number of other countries, on behalf of the US National Security Agency (NSA). And the NSA spies on everyone. It is essential that more pressure is put on the Government to put an end to the anti-democratic and destructive activities of this NZ spy agency.
New Zealand’s role as an American ally is being steadily reconstituted. But our most significant contribution to Washington’s global effort to manipulate world business and diplomacy is, and has been for 30 years, the Waihopai electronic intelligence gathering base, located in the Waihopai Valley, near Blenheim. It is controlled by the US, with NZ (including Parliament and the Prime Minister) having little or no idea what goes on there, nor any control.
First announced in 1987, Waihopai is operated by the GCSB in the interests of the foreign Powers grouped together in the super-secret Five Eyes Agreement (which shares global electronic and signals intelligence among the intelligence agencies of the US, UK, Canada, Australia and NZ). Its satellite interception dishes intercept a huge volume of civilian telephone calls, e-mail and computer data communications, including Twitter, Facebook and the like.
Five Eyes is the reason for the existence of both the GCSB and Waihopai. Former PM John Key said that NZ’s ongoing military involvement with the tragic consequences of US policy in the Middle East is “the price of belonging to the club” i.e. Five Eyes, which is accountable only to its own constituent agencies, not governments, and certainly not citizens. Getting out of Five Eyes is vital to NZ becoming a truly independent nation
Join us for the weekend of anti-war protest at this spy base. Come prepared for roughing it and camping out. We provide the food (we cater for vegetarians but vegans will have to bring their own). Bring sleeping bag, groundsheet, a tent, torch, water bottle, eating utensils, clothing for all weather and temperatures, and $40 (or $20 unwaged) to cover costs. No open fires.
How to find our camp at Onamalutu: Take Highway 6 out of Blenheim (the Nelson road); cross the Wairau River bridge, take the first turn left into Northbank Road. Drive approximately 6 kms (15 minutes) to the bridge turn off to DoC’s Onamalutu camp (turn right at sign, into Onalmalutu Road and follow for 7 kms to camp site). It is a public camp with basic facilities. ABC has to pay a fixed charge per head.
Waihopai does not operate in the interests of New Zealanders or our neighbours. It spies on both. It has no proper oversight or control from our Government.
Basically, it is a foreign spy base on NZ soil and directly involves us in America’s wars and America’s cynical manipulation of business and diplomatic affairs.
Waihopai must be closed!
I want to take part in the Weekend of Protest
I enclose $40 ($20 unwaged) per person registration to cover costs $______
I want to make a donation to the Waihopai campaign $_______
I can help with publicity in my area or network – Yes/No
I want to join the Anti-Bases Campaign. Annual membership is $20 ______ (includes subscription to Peace Researcher)
CLOSE THE WAIHOPAI SPYBASE NOW!
Organised by the Anti-Bases Campaign, Box 2258, Christchurch 8140.
Make all cheques to ABC; online payment details at http://www.converge.org.nz/abc/joinabc.html
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