Clown Army engages war profiteers: 20 arrests19 Oct 2005 01:02 GMT
Te Papa in New Zealand on Tuesday. The action, which was organised by Peace Action Wellington, involved a large sit-in/blockade by the Aotearoa Revolutionary Clown Army in front of Te Papa which lasted for about two and a half hours, and also a blockade in front of an armoured vehicle. Twenty people in all were arrested, with charges ranging from obstruction, trespass and assault of police officers. [Initial Report | Full Report | Photos 1 | Photos 2.
Conference attendee's sleep was disturbed when a wake-up call erupted outside their hotel early on Tuesday morning. Looking rather tired, they were also privileged to "meet and greet" as they attempted to make their way to the conference the morning after.
Protesters gathered outside the Duxton hotel on Wednesday night with drums and noise-making equipment, yelling at delegates entering and causing a significant disruption to the war-profiteers inside. Mark Burton, Minister of Defence, was chased up into a parking complex where his car was stopped and surrounded.
The conference was host to an international assortium of weapons manufacturers including Halliburton, General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin, as well as a range of New Zealand companies. [More Information]