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New Zealand Economic Minister Steven Joyce hit in face by sex toy in TPP protest

A protester said she threw it to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Published 05/02/2016

A woman protesting the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) threw a sex toy at a New Zealand politician.

"That's for raping away our sovereignty," the protester, Josie Butler, shouted, after throwing the sex toy at Economic Minister Steven Joyce.

As she was led away from the media conference at Waitangi, she said: "That's for raping our country, because of the TPPA and selling away our rights and our freedom. I did it for our country."

Ms Butler was taken away by police and later released without charge, according to a post on her Facebook page.

He told TVNZ: "Fair to say I don’t think those sorts of things happen everyday.

"We actually thought it was a little bit humorous at the end of it all. New experiences in politics everyday, it's the privilege of serving."

The controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been criticised for the ongoing secrecy of negotiations, which the public have no access to, and for the effects it may have on democracy, jobs and food safety.

The unusual form of protest has been gaining popularity over the last decade. In 2008 the former World Chess Champion and Kremlin critic Garry Kasparov was attacked by radio-controlled sex toy during a meeting of opposition activists.

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