'Blood offering' outside GCSB in Wellington as group protests drone strikes
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Human blood has been poured on the doorstep of New Zealand's spy headquarters in Wellington.
About 40 protesters, chanting and praying, alleged the GCSB helped gather intelligence leading to United States drone strikes.
Some were blocking the Pipitea St building's entrance for more than an hour at midday on Friday.
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Blood - some in bottles, most poured out - was on the ground between them.
Forrest Chambers, spokesman for the protesters, said seven of them had 30ml of blood each taken by "medical professionals" before coming to the GCSB, where the blood was left on the ground outside.
"The GCSB has spilled so much blood that perhaps they can clean this blood up themselves."
They carried the blood to Pipitea St in glass bottles.
In a statement, a spokeswoman from the protest group said the action was the culmination of Drone Assassination Awareness Week, during which the group had been fasting and praying for the civilian victims of US military drone strikes.
The group described the protest as a "blood offering" to raise awareness about GCSB links to the multinational Five Eyes spy community, which includes New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the US.
The group said it was demanding a full review of Kiwi links to Five Eyes as well as any support the local agency might be giving to US drone operations.
"We also ask that the GCSB make public all their files from 1987 to 2007 ... if the GCSB have done nothing wrong, then they have nothing to fear in releasing their historic files."
Among those present on Friday was Adrian Leason, one of the "Waihopai Three" activists who broke into a spy base near Blenheim and slashed an inflatable plastic dome covering a satellite dish.
In a written statement, GCSB director Andrew Hampton said the bureau respected people's right to peaceful protest.
"Protecting the security and wellbeing of New Zealand and New Zealanders, so citizens can enjoy their rights and freedoms, is why the GCSB exists," he said.
Hampton said professional cleaners were brought in to clean up the blood, but he did not reveal the cost.
The bureau had made a recent "concerted effort" to be more transparent, he said. But he did not answer questions about whether New Zealand's involvement in Five Eyes led to US drone strikes in the Middle East.
"The GCSB is required to act in accordance with New Zealand law and with all Human Rights standards recognised by New Zealand law. This applies to sharing of intelligence with our Five Eyes partners."