New Zealand's government stifles maritime protests | Pacific Beat

New Zealand's government stifles maritime protests

New Zealand's government stifles maritime protests

Updated 17 April 2013, 16:44 AEST

New Zealand's parliament has passed an amendment to the Crown Minerals Bill that now criminalises protests at sea.

The bill which was passed narrowly, was opposed by the main opposition Labour party and by a number of civil society groups.

They argue that the bill goes against civil liberties and international law, as Kanaha Sabapathy reports.

Presenter: Kanaha Sabapathy

Speaker: Steve Abel, spokesman, Greenpeace New Zealand, Phil Goff, the opposition Labour party's spokesman for foreign affairs, defence and state services

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