Ban goes to court
The Falun Dafa Association is heading to court after being banned from Auckland’s Santa parade.
The group filed papers at the High Court on Wednesday to seek a judicial review of the Auckland Children’s Christmas Parade Trust’s decision. Association president John Yu says they regret having to take the action.
“We have applied for seven or eight years but had no good response from the trust,” he says.
“We want to be friends here in New Zealand and the court is not a good place to be friendly but we have no choice.”
The group’s marching band has taken part in several other parades around the country, and has agreed not to distribute any political material.
The trust says the Santa parade is a “politics-free zone”.
In a written statement, it says Falun Dafa’s application was declined because the organisation pursues political ends and doesn’t fit with the spirit of the Christmas parade.
“We are not prepared to have this fun family occasion hijacked by other organisations and their agendas,” the trust says.
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