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Plenty of support for protest march

Friday April 24, 2015 Written by Published in Local

A protest march against purse seining in Cook Islands waters is expected to attract a large crowd when it starts at Avarua harbour at 4.30pm today.

Marchers have been asked to meet at the area around Trader Jacks or on the Banana Court grass area at 4pm.

And if you’d like to take part in the protest, but you’re not so steady on your legs,  you can take a bus.

Te Ipukarea Society (TIS) director Kelvin Passfield says the bus will be part of the procession down to Avatiu Harbour, and will cater for those getting on in years or who have difficulty walking.

Marchers will then gather at the Punanga Nui Market where, provided the weather cooperates, a movie will be shown on a big screen.

“A lot of people have been talking to me about the march and many people have called in to get protest slogans printed on their t-shirts.

“We’re hoping to have a drone here to take aerial footage and we also hope to get some exposure on New Zealand television.”

Meanwhile, Passfield says police on Aitutaki have returned a copy of the anti-purse seining petition which they removed from the Aquila store earlier this week. 

The petition is understood to have been removed by order of the Aitutaki Island Council.

TIS sought legal advice on the issue, but Passfield said he was unsure whether the police had decided to return the petition themselves, or whether the island council was responsible. 

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