The mistreatment of Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman on the grounds of Parliament by Chinese security personnel shows how important it is to stand up for democracy and human rights, the Green Party said today.
Dr Norman was assaulted by Chinese security personnel outside Parliament as he was making a stand against China’s human rights record in Tibet.
“Because John Key’s Government let Chinese security control our Parliament, it stopped being a safe place for democracy,” Dr Norman said.
“I’ve laid a complaint with the Police because New Zealanders need to know they are free to speak without fear of violence or recrimination.”
Dr Norman said the Government needs to defend the right of its citizens to free speech because it is one of the cornerstones of democracy.
“I’m asking that John Key make a clear statement that this sort of behaviour is not acceptable in New Zealand,” Dr Norman said.