Politics and protest: not really black and white

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The face of peaceful protest to protect New Zealand's economy, environment and way of life. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015 The face of peaceful protest to protect New Zealand’s economy, environment and way of life. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

I don’t often photograph people, but did feel compelled to document last weekend’s protests against our government’s secret negotiation of TPPA (Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement).

Shoulder to shoulder. Protesters on Auckland's Queen Street. #TPPA protest. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015 Shoulder to shoulder. Protesters on Auckland’s Queen Street. #TPPA protest. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

For some time now, New Zealanders have been voicing concern about the possible impacts of such an agreement on our health system, environment, economy and indeed our sovereignty. There is also very real concern that the whole negotiation process is being carried out in secret. Effectively we’re being asked to sign up to a wide-ranging and long-term agreement sight unseen.

Thousands gathered in Aotea Square, Auckland, to protest @TPPA. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015 Thousands gathered in Aotea Square, Auckland, to protest @TPPA. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

Despite wide-ranging concerns, the mainstream media has consistently underplayed and ignored the issue. For that reason, it…

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About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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