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Social Justice Activist Josie Butler decided it was of interest to tell farmers to ‘get a job’ instead of protesting.
A countrywide protest was organised by climate deniers Groundswell NZ. Unfortunately, it invited the wrong type of people.
The protest ranged from Conspiracy Theorists to racists who dislike Māori as a culture. Not a good representation of the traditional New Zealand farmer.
“Sup whanau. Just here at the farmers- whatever the f** this is. I’ve come down to shout at them to get a job because I have been shouted at so many times in protests,” Josie Butler said.
“I want these farmers to have an authentic protest experience. It is quite intimidating shouting at people to get a job. I do not know if I can do it; there are children here, women.”
“Get a job!” she shouted — “Get a job! Bloody hippies, ya bloody hippies you are.”
She’d mentioned after doing it that it was quite satisfying telling them to get a job but admitted it was a little terrifying.
Voices For Freedom, a Covid-19 dis/misinformation group, attended the protests with deranged signs reading ‘no farmers no food’ and ‘no utes no services’ by jumping on the bandwagon and trying to feel trendy.
For the most part, it is not going to look any better for them.
Baseless conspiracy theories were lingered by the Founder, Claire Deeks, mentioning freedom of speech is non-existent, and the new hate speech legislation changes are related to the ute tax.
“We have got to look out for all these different freedoms,” she said.
“Freedom of speech is a big one and these new hate speech legislations.”
“It is all tied up. It is all related.” — this is not true at all.
Māori Party Co-leader, Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, raised questions on Facebook surrounding the protest and its real meaning.
“What was the protest about… ute tax or anti-Māori? Some of those racist land grabbers did not mind ramming the profits of Māori whenua down their throats for generations after the crown stole our whenua and illegally displaced our whānau! Or polluted our awa!,” she said.
“What a shameful display.”
The chair of the National Māori Authority, Matthew Tukaki, had his say in a livestream about the opposition denying climate change and connecting itself to the Groundswell group to support farmers.
“The ol’ Judith Collins, that’s right. Good on Judith. She’s doing what you would expect an opposition leader to do, and that is to prosecute an argument in a debate but in doing so dividing the country again,” he said.
“I see she is now trying to jump in with those farmers and the tradies. Here’s the thing — the ute tax, let’s face it — we have got to do something about climate change whether it is about throwing gas-guzzling utes and four-wheel drives.”
“The poor farmer this. The poor farmer that. I am getting sick of it quite frantically. Can we focus on the kaupapa and focus on the solution? You fellas might want to learn a lesson or two not to go in and jump into bed with politicians too much. Look where that has got us all.”
Video: SUPPLIED/Josie Butler
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