Bishop joins protest against Trans Pacific Partnership

The Bishop of Palmerston North, Charles Drennan, was among a number of politicians, lecturers and religious leaders who spoke to a crowd of about 500 gathered in the city’s Square at the third anti Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) event to be held in the city in the past year.

Drennan said there was growing social tension experienced throughout the world, including in New Zealand, regarding the TPPA.

“Often we think of protests as a series of ‘nos’, but we can also make it a series of ‘yeses’,” he said.

“Yes to fairness and justice and yes to a vision of our world that upholds a united global family that also respects rather than squashes regional goals and aspirations.”

Read Bishop Drennan’s Blog – Its’s time for me to protest again.

Protests against the Trans-Pacific Partnership took place in 22 towns and cities thought the country on the weekend.

More than 3000 people marched in Auckland with a symbolic “Trojan horse” representing the TPPA being pulled along by corporate groups and an “Uncle Sam” character representing United States interests.

Radio New Zealand reported that in Wellington hundreds of people marched from Midland Park to Parliament.

In Christchurch, almost 3000 people were reported to have gathered in Shand’s Crescent in Addington before a march to Hagley Park.

In Dunedin, about 1500 people took part in the rally in the Octagon.

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