Following up on our earlier headlines, via :
Flying penis slaps-down NZ MP Steven Joyce in Trans Pacific Partnership protest
New Zealanders have a unique way with expressing themselves through protest: This time, it features an Economic Development Minister — and a flying dildo.
And the video, from BBC News:
New Zealand politician hit in face with sex toy by protestor
A New Zealand politician has been hit in the face with a sex toy after a protestor took issue with his decision to sign a trade deal.
Economic Minister Steve Joyce was leaving commemorations for Waitangi Day with Maori leaders this morning when he was struck by the pink rubbery object.
“That’s for raping our sovereignty,” the female protester said, in response to the New Zealand government signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPPA) trade agreement.
The unnamed woman was then led away by police.
Mr Joyce said he hopes the protest is not the only thing he is remembered for in NZ politics.
“I was amused. Genuinely. When somebody throws something like that at you, what else are you going to be? I was surprised and then amused,” he told NewsTalk.
“I’d rather hope that I’ve done a few things that made a contribution to New Zealand, and this will be just one of the little background things.”
Labour leader Andrew Little said he did not condone the protest but understood the reasons behind it.
“The connection between sexual devices and sovereignty is not immediately apparent to me, but I think we shouldn’t underestimate the fact that people are very hot under the collar about TPPA,” he said.
Critics of the TPP believe the deal will cause the cost of medicines skyrocket and crush freedom of speech through onerous copyright laws.