Big day protesting in Wellington yesterday had been chickening out for weeks about doing it – but mental health was getting worse and worse I just had to let of steam about what Ministry of Health staff were doing.
Their refitted building now includes a fancy new café and security system to keep out us citizens. Had a good audience for my rage, around 40 people around the foyer, it was lunchtime, about 12.45. A small group of around 5 women tried to calm me down and did all the usual bullshit about having a cup of coffee. I was having none of that shit, I only got 10 mins before police arrive, so I’m as loud as I can be. Wanted the police arrive to me singing and they did – Human Sewage.
I bollocked the fuck out of everybody there, called them murderers, told them they were killing my kids friends – driving them to suicide. Screaming at them, hysterical, but the volcano had to go off some time. I’m just speaking for me and all those I know who are unnecessarily suffering in this neo-liberal shit hole. I talked about all the people I know who have committed suicide.
The looks on their faces was one of either guilt or complete refusal to take any responsibility for suicide and abusive mental health services.
Refused to leave the building, refused to stop yelling at them about why I was there so was arrested for Disorderly Behaviour, appropriate considering I have a stress Disorder. Was best out of there anyway, I wouldn’t have stopped and the swearing wouldn’t have either. Police were nice – two of them I already knew – I have am definitely infamous in Wellington for protesting.
Didn’t’ have to spend any time in the cells, was out of police custody within an hour. Cried from when I was put in the police car, snot everywhere, was revolting. Officer told me it is now a requirement to have handcuffs – just like America (were his words, he was an old cop, he knew it was shit for someone like me and completely unnecessary.
Got really upset several times, started ticking and rocking, backed up into the corner, when they asked questions about my doctor – when I don’t have one and the last one I had didn’t believe a thing I said. Told them I had Complex PTSD, Sgt was bit of a jerk, telling me not to go back there or do anything else that had police called or I would spend night in the cells – WHICH I HATE – and is an illegal threat – given I hadn’t broken the law under Bill of Rights.
Gotta have a laugh with them though, threw all the laws I know at him, not me who’s the criminal – they should be charging the people at Min of Health and ACC that were denying me care I was entitled to. Told him to charge them under Sections 150A 151 155 157 of the Crimes Act. He ignored me of course. They know I’m right that’s why they’re nice to me and let me go.
Left, had a cup of tea at Library Café next door and went off chalking and to meet up with a friend. Chalked my poem MOH at Maui’s Garden and a good quote about poverty being a crime.
Was interesting watch police dealing with me, obviously there has been a bit of a discussion about how to legally. Only got the Pre Charge Warning and let go – under Disorderly Behaviour, Sgt repeated several times it was not to be under Wilful Trespass (which I am up on charges of). Was also issued two more trespass notices from Ombudsman and Human Rights Commission – WTF - they’re not allowed to use Trespass law to stop me protesting. I was reading the judgement by J Williams.
Apparently I’m trespassed from about 15 different places LOL – all places who are supposed to legally help me and don’t, or who have made public comments about poor people etc. So much for freedom of speech in New Zealand – if artists are being arrested you know things are bad.
Big shout out to Wellington Police – no comparison to the several violent arseholes that work in the Wairarapa. I mentioned that to the officers who arrested me, a woman and man (the woman had arrested me before, I remember her). They were nice and agreed not all officers are good people, I told them Q Hoera was a violent arsehole.
Told the Sgt wouldn’t be long and there would be 100 people like me occupying and protesting in government and justice buildings. He didn’t look happy, I said he should be cause I was a non-violent activist who respected police that respected me and my rights to be angry about what was happening to so many.
Going to be making a legal complaint about the number of trespass notices when its a violation of my civil and political rights. Non-violent protest, even if it is offensive (eg swearing) is a right I have under Civil Society Activism. If I can’t get my justice issues in front of a judge, as required under Magna Carta, then I HAVE EVERY RIGHT to speak truth to power of those hurting me – AS OFTEN AS I CHOOSE TO – without threat of intimidation.