Monday, May 3, 2010

ZenTiger Mining Protest Biggest in History

Almost as big as the Boobs on Bikes parade, and nearly as much as 1/30th of the number of people that voted against the anti-smacking laws, organisers claim the protest march in Auckland on Saturday was the biggest in history.

Some 50,000 people walked down Queen Street to protest against mining in conservation land. If we also include the protesters who tunneled under Queen street in protest, we can probably add another 2,000 people, 61 rabbits, 16 badgers, 34 gophers, 128 moles and 2 groundhogs to that number.

Although I think the groundhogs were professional protesters and the moles were traitorous insiders actually working for mining interests.

Greenpeace Ambassador Robyn Malcolm dug deep with a stirring speech, and one would think National would be well and truly shafted should we attempt to turn coal into diamonds. Said Robyn:

“Take heed, John Key and your Government.

A great opening line, giving John permission to take all the heed we need (and National are clearly in short supply of the heed commodity), but they were not to take iron or coal. "Ore Else".

Had you been there today on Queen Street, you would have felt an energy untapped since the heady days of anti-nuclear marches.

It was politically astute to remind John that the power of the people had banned the nuclear atom from the shores of New Zealand, forcing Ernest Rutherford to head to Britain and Canada, where he could mine Gold Foil and atoms in abundance. It reminds me of the banner in the protest march: "There's only one place to mine - Australia".

Of more importance though was the untapped energy of the Auckland protest.

Yes, given that the march was to ensure all energy remains untapped, it was surprising to learn that there was plenty of energy to mine in downtown Auckland.

John Key has now a clear choice - put protesters on a treadmill to supply all of New Zealand's energy needs, or go ahead and mine, trying not to dig himself into a hole.

New Zealanders have spoken; you must listen.

What an insult! Of course John Key will listen. Just like the anti-smacking debate, he'll listen carefully. I'm pretty sure he listened carefully. I think he heard every word. Yes sirree. Every word. No doubt about that.

We will not stand by while you squander our land, reputation and climate,” the organisers stated.

Yes indeed. Remember the opening line: "Take heed, John Key and your Government," and that particular government cannot squander our land.

There might be some confusion there. I think National go by that old saying, what's yours is mine and what's mine is yours to mine. And John thinks mine is his to mine, but he's only mining what's yours and mine because it's ours to share.

Or something like that.

So, the people have spoken, John has listened.

What happens next?

Background Research: Lucy Lawless and Robyn Malcolm in the sexy coal video

Scoop: Mining Protesters - Deep down they are nice people.

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