This is a lie. It was not a march for democracy, it was a hate rally about the smacking law, with a few other nasty little things thrown in. Why is it that people using "family" in the political arena are often nasty narrow minded people with only one view of family.
Some points from the rally I feel the need to mention here. I am sorry for the poor quality of this, as it makes me so fucking angry that I find myself unable to write to my preferred standard.
They had children holding Family First and Act party signage. This is wrong for a few reasons. Family first is a nasty little party founded by a pedophile. I doubt children think smacking is right, and they were either bribed into doing it, not knowing what they were doing it, or feared the reaction if they refused. And having children advertising political parties is just wrong.
They blatantly lied. Claiming that 87% of the country voted for smacking is a lie. 87% of people who voted in the referendum voted for smacking. The number of people who bothered voting in said referendum was considerably less.
One woman speaking said she was ashamed to be Maori, and said other Maori people should be as well. She also claimed that the DPB encouraged loose morals, depravity and dysfunction. Also, we should have compulsory STD testing and ban divorce.
It was apparently the biggest march in 30 years (lie; I've been to bigger), and we should ban MMP. What this has to do with the smacking law and democracy I don't know. Perhaps we should have a dictatorship lead by family first?
The nutbar from The Sensible Sentencing Trust ("Hang em High"), spoke, talking about locking up drug addicts and throwing away the key. Because that will solve everything. Don't help them, don't look to the social problems that cause drug use and our stupidly high prison population. No, lets just lock up more poor sods.
And my favorite part of the day; getting kids to write their details down and send them in. Bribing them with stickers, clowns and balloons. All I can say is I am super glad I didn't have Hunter there. He loves balloons, and would of really wanted one. So he would of ended up showing support to a cause he knows nothing about. Hunter is the happiest kid around, people constantly remark on it. And that is because no one has ever even raised their voice to him, let alone hit him. And they hopefully never will. Or they will have quite a few people to answer to.
A few days ago I was wandering down queen street when I saw so many NZ flags I thought perhaps I had stumbled across a NF rally. Then I remembered it was the "march for democracy", a hate rally funded by Family First and Collin Craig. It's website (and no, I'm not linking to that fucking thing) claims that "The March is not organised by a political party or a religious group. It does not support any political party or religious view. It is being professionally organised by citizens for citizens."