Show Us Ya Text to Perform Citizens Search and Seizure at MFAT in Wellington

On Tuesday 15 September 2015, Show Us Ya Text will be converging on MFAT in Wellington to conduct a non-violent citizens search and seizure. We demanded the TPPA negotiating text be made accessible for public scrutiny by the 31st of August. This demand was not met, so now as concerned Kiwi citizens, we are coming to retrieve the text ourselves.
WHERE: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 195 Lambton Quay, Wellington NZ
WHEN: 10.30am Tuesday 15 September 2015

GUIDELINES FOR NON-VIOLENT ACTION: The following guidelines will apply on the site of actions involving Show us ya text activists and supporters.

Such guidelines constitute the only guarantee that our actions will not be blind sided by provocation or violence, they are an integral part of our projects and will not be modified. These are minimum standards which will be insisted upon in a strictly non violent manner. In no way do they constitute abstract moral judgements. Rather, they provide a framework for the use of strategic non violence in the context of our actions. Since every person present on the designated sites will be committed to respecting these standards, no opening is made for foggy interpretations attempting to justify uncontrolled vandalism or violence against people.

Where and how guidelines apply: To guarantee the proper unfolding of actions and ensure their success, the following guidelines will prevail on the various sites of our actions, including the premises and other locations used for the immediate preparation of our mobilizations. The effectiveness of these rules will first and foremost rest on the personal commitment and the self-discipline of each activist. In case of non-respect, the collective approach used to apply these rules will be one of persuasion and of non violent
intervention between citizens, never one of violent repression.

The epicentre and the perimeter constituting the site of the actions will be clearly determined, known and publicized in advance.

Our guidelines and our intervention will be limited to the immediate surroundings of the sites which we will be using and occupying, not anywhere else. Our parameters will aim to protect the integrity and the non violent character of the specific actions organized by us. A diversity of tactics certainly entails respect for the environment of those who wish to engage in strategically non violent actions. These parameters for non violent action will apply to any individual present on the site of our actions.

Training: Every person participating in actions of non violent civil resistance will have attended, beforehand, a training workshop on non violent direct action and related matters (jail solidarity, health and first aid, legalities, etc.). Training materials are provided, and should be read. No prior training will be required of individuals participating in support demonstrations, teach-ins and other low risk events. In any case, information workshops will nevertheless be open to whoever wishes to attend.

Weapons: No weapon may be brought or used on the various sites of our actions.

Violence: During our actions, people present on site will abstain from any physical or verbal violence, including insults. Our attitude will be one of openness towards anyone we encounter.

Damage to property: Individuals present on the site of our actions will not commit any property damage.

Drugs and alcohol: Individuals present on the site of our actions will not consume alcohol or mood-altering drugs.

Masks and hoods: Individuals present on the site of our actions will not attempt to hide their identity from others, whether by wearing a mask, hood or other disguise. Obvious exceptions to this rule are those who may cover their faces for artistic reasons, whose aim is not concealment.

Running: Individuals present on the site of our actions will, to the extent possible, avoid running.

Peacekeeping: A non violent peacekeeping service, primarily geared towards information and citizen-based intervention will ensure that the guidelines are respected on the site of our actions. This is in order for the actions to unfold as planned, while maintaining their non violent character and, as much as possible, protecting everyone from physical harm.