Anti-Bases Campaign

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Anti-Bases Campaign is a Christchurch-based group with links and members all over New Zealand. It concentrates on the foreign military and intelligence installations in New Zealand. There are three - the US "Deep Freeze" military base at Harewood (Christchurch Airport); and the "NZ" intelligence gathering installations at Tangimoana (Manawatu) and Waihopai (Marlborough), which are "simply outposts of American Intelligence".

We have specific demands on all three – that Harewood be demilitarised; and the others closed ASAP. We demand the abolition of the NZ Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), which operates Waihopai and Tangimoana. We have built up information on the whole gamut of the ongoing US-NZ military and intelligence relationship.based organization, dedicated to ousting US military bases from the country.[1]

Activities

ABC engages in research, education, publication and direct action. It has run campaigns on all these three installations, concentrating on Harewood and Waihopai. Historically, it has organized actions such as the 1990 Touching the Bases Tour, in which people from New Zealand and throughout the Asia/Pacific region visited all three bases. In the past, ABC has sent representatives to actions in Australia, the Philippines and the US. It has hosted overseas experts to New Zealand, most recently Canadian ex-spy, Mike Frost, in 2001.

ABC has campaigned and made submissions on all the various pieces of legislation giving expanded powers to the spies, such as the Terrorism Suppression Act, which takes NZ in the direction of a police State; the Crimes Amendment No. 6 Act, which gives the Police, SIS and GCSB extended powers of electronic spying; the GCSB Act, which entrenches this agency; and the various SIS Amendment Acts, which extended the powers of the SIS and exempted them from any legal action which may have arisen from the Aziz Choudry case having exposed their illegal actions dating back decades. Ever since we first discovered plans to build Waihopai, back in 1987, we have campaigned against it, organising numerous non-violent direct action national demonstrations. We research all aspects of these bases, specialising in Harewood and Waihopai, and have developed an expertise in researching NZ and allied intelligence agencies. We publish Peace Researcher, an authoritative journal on these subjects, and a record of our activities. Sixty issues of Peace Researcher have been published since 1983.[2]

CAFCA origins

1987 Sept. 10, the AGM of Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa had Owen Wilkes speaking: "...Wilkes detailed his proposal for a national anti-bases campaign, as a new focus for the peace movement. Resolved to resort to previous pattern of national demos..."

CDH connection

1988 Sylvia Bagnall of Peace Movement Aotearoa writes: "A Christchurch contact for the ABC is Citizens for the Demilitarisation of Harewood (CDH), PO Box 2258, Christchurch, a long standing group of lively activists on foreign base issues."

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