New Zealand uses unusual tactics to flush out anti-mandate protesters — Analysis

Speaker of the Parliament used water sprinklers to disorient demonstrators who were camping outdoors.

Hundreds of anti-vaccine mandate protesters camped outside New Zealand’s parliament in the capital city of Wellington throughout Saturday, despite the authorities’ unconventional techniques to flush them out.

Trevor Mallard (the parliament speaker) stated that he directed the sprinkler system be switched on in order to flood the area where protesters had set up camp. Videos from the scene reveal that the sprinklers and heavy rain made the grass outside of the parliament muddy.

“I ordered them on,”Mallard’s statement was quoted in the local media. “No one who is here is here legally, and if they’re getting wet from below as well as above, they’re likely to be a little bit less comfortable and more likely to go home.”

“Some people have suggested we add the vaccine in the water, but I don’t think it works that way,” He concluded.

However, protesters were not discouraged and dug trenches to install makeshift pipes that would redirect water towards storm drains. Photo shows that the protesters also made fun of the speaker and put toy mallard ducks inside the puddles.

With the sprinklers proving ineffective, Mallard came up with a new idea – blasting loud music through the parliament’s loudspeaker system on a loop. The playlist included songs by Barry Manilow, ‘Macarena’ by Los Del Rio, as well as a mix of coronavirus-related ads. 

Stuff was informed Saturday by Mallard that local residents had approved the method and declared the protest illegal. “clearly being orchestrated by neo-Nazis.”He claimed that “young people and old people and disabled people are being abused, having rubbish thrown at them, spat on”by anti-mandate activists. 

On social media, the unconventional methods received mixed responses. Some suggested recommendationsFor other annoying music to be played, click here Others, however, condemned the official’s behavior as “childish” “petty.” 

The protest at New Zealand’s parliament is continuing for the fifth day, with around 1,000 camping outside, according to local media estimates. The protest kicked off on Tuesday, when two Canada-style ‘Freedom Convoys’ reached the capital. Several people were detained outside of the Parliament in the days that followed, as police attempted to expel the protesters with force.

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