An awesome start to the year’s protest actions. And a surprise speaker!
The weather was kind and so were the people. Freedoms and Rights representatives from various parts of the country took the stage, and an emotional speech from Ashleigh, the brave partner of Rory Nairn (see this link).
And then Brian Tamaki arrived. This author has always been somewhat skeptical of Tamaki, but I sat up front and listened patiently with an open mind. Although Tamaki spoke at great length, he spoke with courage and conviction and I found little to argue with in his statements, as well as learning much about the conception of The Freedoms and Rights Coalition and the reasons Tamaki has found himself in so much hot water with the authorities, the Police seeming to have performed a U-Turn after Cabinet intervention. He noted that he had held to his end of the deal: No violence at any FARC gathering. I can personally vouch for the truth of this with all participants behaving at the events I have attended, even when faced with hecklers.
Tamaki then spoke about plans and intentions over the coming year for the Coalition, progressing things beyond street marches and large scale gatherings. The mood of Tamaki’s speech was optimistic and encouraging. Watch this space, and keep informed via the Freedoms and Rights Facebook channels. (Note that the main FARC page was taken down today so use the backup #2 FB page if it remains unavailable).
It will be interesting to see if legal actions follows Tamaki’s appearance at today’s gathering, and if the MSM make waves about it. Regardless of what response follows, Tamaki clearly thrives on controversy and at the moment seems to be unstoppable regardless of what they throw at him.
For most, however, it’s all about the march itself, and what a march it was! The numbers seem to be growing and a Christmas holiday break hasn’t depleted either the attendance or the enthusiasm. See for yourself:
Auckland event next weekend 15 January. Christchurch next event Papanui Road march TBC.
“We may separately have very different frustrations, but we collectively stand together as we all agree on this one thing…this government needs to go !”We are standing for:- Our Future- Our Freedoms- Our Families- Our Faith
The Freedoms and rights Coalition Mission Statement.