Protesters pay Compaq visit

Anti-vivisection campaigners invaded Compaq's Auckland offices in protest at company sponsorship of a scientific conference.

Anti-vivisection campaigners invaded Compaq’s Auckland offices in protest at company sponsorship of a scientific conference.

The International Union of Physiological Sciences meeting was staged in Christchurch late last month, covering a range of scientific matters, including new treatments for diabetes.

Compaq flew over US executive Bill Blake to talk about high performance technical computing.

About five or six of the protesters entered the foyer of Compaq’s Auckland office to distribute stickers, says Compaq spokeswoman Pamela Bonney, but caused no damage. She called the protests “unfortunate”, saying Compaq has no view on vivisection and that “it has nothing to do with us”.

“We have nothing against protesting,” says Bonney, who had no idea which group they represented.

Wellington City Council was also targeted by the protesters for its involvement in the conference Bonney says.

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