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Protesters have taken to the streets to protest the Search and Surveillance Bill.
Marchers are pounding the pavements in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. One of the organisers of the Auckland march Cameron Walker said the bill overturned many important liberties which were an essential part of a free and democratic society.
Auckland Civil Liberties president Barry Wilson fears a Select Committee will simply wave the bill through -
"I'd be amazed if the bill underwent radical surgery despite opposition from state agencies such as Human Rights commission and a whole range of non-government bodies."
He says it will be like living in Stalin's Russia, with the dog catcher and the Pork Board empowered to kick down your door and search your house
What dreadful activities have the currently-unsurveilled New Zealanders been up to that this massive loss-of-privacy is ostensibly intended to prevent?