Anti-war protesters clash with police at Wellington weapons conference

Protesters have clashed with police outside a weapons conference in Wellington.

Protesters claim the Government's encouraging export of military-related products, enabling NZ to profit from war. Source: 1 NEWS

Led by activist Valerie Morse, the group is trying to stop people from going inside the TSB Arena where the New Zealand Defence Industry Association's annual event is being held.

Ms Morse said that "companies that profit from war and murder have no place in a civilised society".

"We don’t want the companies responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent people around the world to feel comfortable holding a large arms fair to showcase their wares," she said.

"Theirs is the business of death and destruction for profit."

They're entitled to their opinion, but they won it through freedoms they’re entitled to by people willing to stand up for it. - Delegate
Anti-war protesters and police clashed outside a defence industry conference. Source: 1 NEWS

ONE News spoke to several delegates who were stopped by protesters from entering the conference.

No-one wanted to be identified but all were adamant they were not there to simply profit from war.

"I feel quite sad with all that's going on in the world they can’t find something more to protest about," one man said.

Another delegate said "they're lucky they get protected to do this sort of thing to be quite honest".

Police and anti-war protesters go face to face outside a weapons conference. Source: 1 NEWS

"They're entitled to their opinion, but they won it through freedoms they’re entitled to by people willing to stand up for it."