PPA protest rally

Press Release – Omar Hoetawa Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is the subject of a protest rally on the steps of the Napier City Council, 231 Hastings Street, at 1 pm on Saturday, 8th November, part of a nationwide Day of Protest against …PPA protest rally Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is the subject of a protest rally on the steps of the Napier City Council, 231 Hastings Street, at 1 pm on Saturday, 8th November, part of a nationwide Day of Protest against the TPPA. Rally organiser Omar Hoetawa said he is “deeply concerned” about the fact that this “international agreement, that could have a huge effect on the lives of ordinary kiwis, is being negotiated in total secret.” “From what we know, if these negotiations are completed, we risk damage to our innovative economy, our environment, our health, and the ability to shape our own future. It could override our environmental protection laws, our restrictions on unhealthy products like tobacco, our internet freedom to name a few.” Because the negotiations are being conducted in secret, “what we know about the TPPA comes from leaked documents and detective work. “This is not acceptable. We live in a democracy, which means we have the right to know what is done in our name and to have a say. “ There will...

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