The organiser of a protest march in Christchurch yesterday says the Labour Government is making a draconian attack on New Zealanders' freedom of speech.
A crowd of about 200 placard-carrying protesters marched from Victoria Square to Cathedral Square in opposition to a new law restricting anonymous political donations during election year.
The legislation curbs donations and limits the role of "third parties" -- non-political groups, unions and lobby groups.
Former ACT treasurer and Auckland businessman John Boscawen, who has organised marches in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland, said the passing of the bill, without the full support of the Human Rights Commission, was undemocratic.
By the time the bill returns to Parliament in December, Boscawen, with outside donations, will have paid $120,000 to advertise and organise the marches against what he has described as the Electoral Finance "gagging" Bill.
Holding a placard reading "Our soldiers did not die for this" was 76-year-old Korean War veteran Forbes Taylor. "I'm just so angry at attempts by this Government to muzzle opposition and media from doing their jobs during an election year."
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