A group that is opposed to the Search and Surveillance Bill has organized a national day of protest to take place on Saturday, according to a press release. The Stop the Bill group has also organized protests to be held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The Search and Surveillance Bill would expand police and government powers and has been criticized by the nation's privacy and human rights commissioners, according to the press release. Group spokesperson Batch Hales said, "Any legislation that reduces our basic right to privacy and removes civil liberties by extending the power of the state has to be fought by all of us."
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