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Oct 30th, 2012 | By | Category: Most Popular, News, Top Picture

TEN protesters today marched into the lobby of a Lambton Quay building to condemn tenant Forsyth Barr’s role in state asset sales.

One man played a guitar and the others sang as they unfurled a banner describing the sales as “corporate welfare”.

Protest coordinator Richard McIntosh said companies like investment services company Forsyth Barr stand to make huge profits.

“We’re identifying these people and drawing attention to them. We’re not just going to stand by and watch it all slip out of our hands.”

Security guards tried to prevent the group entering, before resigning themselves to guarding the elevators.

After about 10 minutes of singing and chanting the protesters left the building, whose major tenant is Vodafone.

One Vodafone employee initially expressed confusion over the demonstrator’s motives, assuming Vodafone itself was being targeted.

“Why didn’t they just go straight up in the lift to Forsyth Barr’s offices,” he said.

After leaving the foyer the group continued to sing anti-government songs in Midland Park for about five minutes before dispersing.

The park was filled with people eating their lunch in the sunshine, some of whom drew closer to listen or film the protesters on their cell phones.

Mr McIntosh said similar actions will be taken over the coming year if the government continues with its plans.

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