Story: Public protest

1932 depression protests: Auckland (2nd of 3)

A picket guards a shopfront after unemployed demonstrators ran down Queen Street, Auckland, smashing windows and looting shops. The protesters' actions followed the police batoning of their leader, Jim Edwards, at an unemployment protest outside Auckland’s town hall on 14 April. Hundreds were injured and dozens were arrested in the fracas, which an official enquiry blamed on the protesters.

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Ben Schrader, 'Public protest - Destructive and violent protests', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jul 2015