An occupation protest to stop the closure of the Marsden Point Oil Refinery is about to get underway.
‘Secure Marsden’ movement organiser Brad Flutey gave an update yesterday via a video on his Telegram channel.
The occupation has three goals:
- Stop the destruction of the refinery
- Regain the refinery
- Evolve the refinery for the future
Preparations are well advanced, and while the day and time of the protest’s start will not be made known to the public in advance, those taking part would need to be ready to start ‘at a moment’s notice.’ Further information can be found on the Secure Marsden website.
With two years of economic turmoil during the COVID crisis, and now the Ukraine crisis (which is already having a severe impact on global energy markets), and tensions in the Asia-Pacific region rising, restoration of the refinery is fundamental to ensure New Zealand is best equipped to maintain security of its energy needs.
‘The people of our Nation paid to construct this oil refinery so that it may guard us against the inflationary effects of geopolitical turmoil. Management is having its oil refining capabilities removed through internal sabotage, leaving us reliant on international supply. The time has come to stop this by occupying the Marsden Point Oil Refinery.’