The Herald reports:
Dr Norman’s protest was in contrast to that of the late former co-leader of the Greens, Rod Donald, in 2005 against Wu Bangguo, chairman of the National People’s Congress.
Mr Donald’s was a silent protest and he sought advice from the Speaker at the time about where to stand – some distance from his target.
New Zealand security and police stood with Mr Donald and refused to let Chinese security stand in front of him and the Tibetan flag he was holding.
Dr Norman was jostled as he held the flag aloft and moved chanting towards Mr Xi, arriving at Parliament’s Beehive entrance.
He was a metre or two from him.
One of at least two dozen officials travelling with Mr Xi covered the flag with his umbrella.
Seconds later someone grabbed the flag from him and dropped it.
Dr Norman stopped chanting “Freedom for the people of Tibet!” and started yelling “Give me my flag back” and “Don’t bring your undemocratic practices to our country”.
I think Rod Donald showed how to do a protest with dignity.
The Chinese officials should still have not touched Norman’s flag or person, but you do wonder if Norman was trying to get them to do exactly that by advancing on the Vice-President.Tags: China, Rod Donald, Russel Norman