I had planned to be at the Wellington Peace Action protest today to take photos and video of the action to help get their message out there through this blog and also simply to give the crew involved some moral support. I even went as far as procuring better camera equipment in anticipation of being there to document it.
I made the decision on Saturday evening not to bother attending this protest action.
My reason for not doing so was because of an incident on parliaments front lawn during the anti-TPPA demonstration on Saturday afternoon. I was standing near the front of the crowd, camera in hand ready to record video of the speakers when an altercation erupted right beside me.
The reason for the altercation starting was that 4-5 young people had turned hysterical towards another person participating in the protest because he was holding up an American flag with a swastika embedded in it. You can see the flag in the photo below.