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FREEDOM OF SPEECH: Peace activists forbidden to associate

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Two members of Peace Action Wellington were arrested on Sunday evening at the Peace Camp outside of the US Embassy. They were arrested by the Diplomatic Protection Squad, who allege the women were painting anti-war graffiti.

Heavy bail conditions have forbidden the women to associate with each other, or to go within 100 metres of the US Embassy. This means the women can not work together on peace campaigning, or go to protests at the embassy. As one of the arrestees is an American they have effectively banned a US citizen from their own embassy. If they break these conditions they could be imprisoned until their trials have finished, a process which usually takes over 6 months. One of the arrested women was also held back at processing and interrogated.


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