A national day of protest against the Search and Surveillance Bill will be held on Saturday, 24th April. Simultaneous protests will be held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
“It is time to get out on the street and show our disgust with this Bill,” Batch Hales, spokesperson for the Wellington Stop the Bill group said.
If it becomes law, the Search and Surveillance Bill will see a dramatic expansion of police and government agencies’ powers. It will also fundamentally alter longstanding legal conventions such as the right to silence, the right against self-incrimination and the right to be free from unreasonable search.
“It’s interesting,” said Batch, “that in 1973 National spoke against police been given powers to tap phones. Back then, National said ‘…police are the last people who should interfere with telephones.’ ‘Unless we are heading for a dictatorship or a Police State the changes should not be tolerated.’ Now, National want to allow police to install videos and bugs in people’s homes.
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