June 28, 2022

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Protesters continue their fight against the vaccine despite the hurricane in New Zealand

Protesters continue their fight against the vaccine despite the hurricane in New Zealand

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Wellington (AFP) – Hurricane Dovey caused darkness, landslides and evacuations in New Zealand on Sunday, but failed to evacuate anti-vaccine protesters who had camped outside parliament.

Instead, hundreds of protesters, inspired by Canada’s “Freedom Convoy”, danced in the mud to the songs of American Barry Manilo as authorities tried to exit.

Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson told New Zealand television that there was a “sad aspect” to the protest, which began on Sunday for the sixth day.

“Every New Zealander has the right to protest peacefully. The problem is, they have gone beyond that,” he said.

“I find the rhetoric of these protests to be disturbing … there is a sad component, there is a conspiracy theory that has absorbed the people,” he said.

Like Canadian truckers in Ottawa, New Zealand protesters oppose stricter health restrictions and call for the elimination of compulsory vaccination.

Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Thursday, removing 122 protesters by truck.

The police stopped the arrests and drove the garden sprayers and tried to suppress them.

In this way, the garden of the Parliamentary headquarters could be turned into a burial ground before Hurricane Dovey hit.

Superintendent Scott Fraser said police were continuing to explore options for resolving the issue, while MP Trevor Mallard played government messages to protesters about Barry Manilo, “La McCarena” and Covit-19.

British singer James Blunt spoke about the tactic on Twitter, telling New Zealand police to “let me know if it doesn’t work”.

On Sunday afternoon, Blunt’s You Beautiful was added to the playlist.

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Protesters suppressed their favorite government music, such as the heavy metal band Twisted Sister’s “We Are Not Gonna Take It.”

Meanwhile, winds of up to 130 kilometers per hour hit Wellington and other parts of New Zealand, urging people to avoid unnecessary travel, and many roads were blocked by landslides or flooding.