Police Remove Protesters Blockading 'Weapons Conference'

StoryfulNewsPublished: October 9, 2017
Published: October 9, 2017

Protesters clashed with police in Wellington, New Zealand, on October 10, as the activists tried to stop people from entering what they described as a weapons expo at Westpac Stadium. The New Zealand Defence Industry Association said the Defence, Industry & National Security Forum 2017 was being held at the stadium on October 10 and 11 and it would highlight “Emerging Technologies & Cybersecurity Capabilities Supporting National Security Agencies”. About 300 protesters were trying to block every entrance to the stadium, Stuff.co.nz reported. In videos police can be seen making arrests and dragging protesters away from what was called a “weapons conference” in tweets by activists. One activist tweeted that she had been “elbowed me in the tit” by police. “Had a major skirmish and I’m a bit bruised fam,” she added. The expo was held at the stadium, known as the “cake tin,” after Wellington Mayor Justin Lester banned the Lockheed Martin-sponsored event from council-controlled venues such as TSB Arena, where it had been held in previous years. NZDIA deputy chairman Andrew Ford told Stuff that calling the event a “weapons expo” was “stretching the truth”. The event “was mainly about bringing together suppliers of services and products to support the defence and national security sectors, not weapons,” Stuff paraphrased him as saying. Credit: Twitters/againstprisons via Storyful

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