Story: Parades and protest marches

Protest for peace

Protest for peace

A small group of peace supporters prepare for a sandwich-board procession through Wellington streets, around 1940. It is led by Ormond Burton, a Methodist minister and social activist. During the 1930s the peace movement gained support among those on the political left, and in some churches. Christian followers took to heart the biblical commandment that one should not kill other people. The movement often got a hostile reception – particularly during the Second World War. But they attracted more people from the 1950s.

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Ben Schrader, 'Parades and protest marches - Protest marches, 1890 to 1951', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 November 2019)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010