Balclutha joins global protests

Signs of the times . . . Activists protesting a range of issues make their presence felt in Balclutha on Saturday morning. PHOTO: NICK BROOK

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Clutha residents who gathered at Balclutha’s Clyde and James St reserve on Saturday said their goal was solidarity and raising awareness.

July 23 saw international demonstration in support of farmers in the Netherlands and constitutional activists in Canada, Sri Lanka and Tunisia.

Clutha activists lined the roadside with signs addressing the Three Waters reforms and tightening farming regulations.

Counsellor and community support worker Alex McLaughlin checked in on the meeting to keep abreast of local sentiment.

‘‘There is growing anxiety around the district. People are concerned democracy is dying or being redefined. They’re worried about the changing culture and economy and questioning where their government’s loyalties lie,’’ he said

No disruption was caused by the Balclutha demonstration, which drew continual vehicle horn› sounding over its hour›long duration.