The People v NZDF: Picket Against International War Crimes!

PROTEST TOMORROW, Wednesday 17th, 4.30-5.30pm at the NZDF offices (William Colenso Square on Molesworth Street). Join us, Berrigan House, Organise Aotearoa and the Hit & Run Inquiry Campaign to protest revelations of war crimes covered up by the NZDF.


Nicky Hager’s new report has exposed horrific acts of violence upon civilians in Afghanistan that have been covered up by the New Zealand Defense Force. This includes a medic, who committed war crimes by killing two children in Afghanistan, receiving a bravery medal for his actions. He also reports whistleblowers revealing a wide culture of sexual abuse and homophobia among NZDF personnel. You can read the full story on PressReader here if you have a Wellington Public Library account.

NZ troops have been in Afghanistan for 17 years now – for what? Each year we hear about more war crimes and more deaths of children and civilians at the hands of NZ troops. The military has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars manufacturing a slick public image of a noble, brave and honest force, but the reality beneath that image is violence and a contempt for the law.

On Wednesday 17th, 4.30pm, we will mobilise a People’s Court outside the NZDF’s head offices in Wellington to bring charges against the NZDF for its international war crimes against civilians, its attempts to cover them up, and its culture of sexual abuse and homophobia.

New NZDF honest marketing spotted in Wellington: We want you to cover shit up

In the light of the revelations about war crimes and sexual assault all covered up by the NZDF, it seems they are trying an honest approach to marketing NZDF careers. These were spotted near the NZDF offices and on the Terrace today!

Coming up:

3rd November:

Tātarakihi, The Children of Parihaka film screening (venue tbc)
Join Peace Action and Te Tiriti Collective on November 3rd for a screening of this film, which explores the history of Parihaka’s non-violent resistance to the Crown, and the violence it was met with from the colonisers. The 2009 film follows a group of tamariki descended from Parihaka setting off on a journey to learn about their ancestors.

5th November: Parihaka Day
Expect to see these posters out in the streets.

100 posters will be available for pick-up from Stillwaters Community House at 327 Willis Street, Pōneke Wellington, from Mon 15 Oct. If you wish to reserve one please email/text Bronwyn on 022 076 8871.

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