New Zealand Waihopai Spy Base ‘does nothing’ to prevent terrorism

Waihopai Spy Base ‘does nothing’ to prevent terrorism, protesters say

About 30 protesters gathered on Saturday for the annual demonstration to close down Waihopai Spy Base.
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About 30 protesters gathered on Saturday for the annual demonstration to close down Waihopai Spy Base.

Protesters at an annual demonstration against the Waihopai Spy Base, in Marlborough, say the base does nothing to prevent terrorism in New Zealand.

More than 30 people gathered outside the station, about 20 kilometres outside Blenheim, on Saturday morning. Police also attended the event.

Anti-bases campaign spokesperson and protest organiser Murray Horton said the demonstration was particularly relevant this year, given the recent activity in Iran and the terrorist attack in Christchurch last year.

He said the events of March 15, in which a foreign gunman murdered 51 people at their place of worship, showed that the Waihopai Spy Base was not keeping New Zealanders safe.

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