Anti-vax protesters clash with police outside parliament — Analysis
The activists have been camped out in the parliament’s grounds for nearly four weeks
Footage from outside New Zealand’s parliament building showed violent clashes on Wednesday between police and anti-vax protesters, who have been demonstrating there for nearly four weeks.
Police in full riot gear surrounded the protest camp, making 38 arrests and destroying tents. In an attempt to repel police officers, the authorities responded with tripwires.
MORE POLICE VIOLATION TODAY AGAINST PEACEFUL TESTORS Police continue to resort to excessive force against peaceful demonstrators in Wellington. pic.twitter.com/iGRRXoMdg5
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Jacinda Ardern’s minions demolish freedom camp at Parliament House, Wellington. This was where hundreds had protested against the tyranny of covidion. pic.twitter.com/mmYrjekUKe
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New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Arden addressed the parliament situation on Wednesday. “police expected there would be hostility, resistance and violence”But what actually happened? “another thing entirely to witness.”
Although she confirmed the injuries to a few police officers in clashes, she did not give the exact number. “I was both angry and also deeply saddened to see parliament, your parliament, our parliament desecrated in that way,”New Zealand’s leader stated this.
Multiple fires were seen at once on the grounds of parliament. One was visible near a park, and another one appeared nearby. There was smoke rising from the fire. To keep the fire burning, protesters were said to have thrown material at it. Ardern confirmed that the fire had been put out by authorities.
“In the last week, we have seen a changing mix in the makeup of the crowd, in particular we have become concerned that those with good intentions have become outnumbered by those with a willingness to use violence to affect their means,”Andrew Coster, police commissioner, spoke out before the clashes.
The police arrived on scene to assist the protestors as it entered the 23rd day of its parliamentary phase. Activists were opposed to the temporary mandate that the government had placed on some parts of the workforce.
The protest sprung up in the wake of global demonstrations against vaccine mandates, including, most notably, the ‘Freedom Convoy’ truckers who had blockaded areas near Canada’s parliament to oppose requirements affecting workers moving back and forth between Canada and the US.
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