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Saturday, November 14, 2015

New Zealand Female MPs Silenced In Parliament After Disclosing Sexual Assaults

Within the formal, wood-paneled walls of the New Zealand Parliament chamber, woman after woman stepped in front of microphones Wednesday to take umbrage at a comment Prime Minister John Key made the day before. Each woman stood up one by one and — with some variation — began her remarks like this: "As a victim of sexual assault ..."

Most of them didn't get much further.

"Order, order," repeated increasingly exasperated Speaker David Carter, who cut off each woman before eventually declaring that any member of Parliament who "flouted" the rules must leave the chamber immediately.


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