Accusations the ANTIFA NZ movement exploited the mayhem caused by today’s police operation to light fires and perpetrate violence.
— Resign Jacinda 🇳🇿 🌸 (@kiwipatriotnz) March 2, 2022
Late this afternoon on Chantelle Baker’s Live Facebook feed, a group of bandana wearing youths could be seen throwing projectiles into the protest and starting fires. ANTIFA NZ has no connection to the Parliament Protest.
Govt oppressors were Antifa NZ. Not protestors. Theyve been caught on film. Police set the fires then they came and helped out. pic.twitter.com/uHuB2j1Z5D
— 🎗️NZConvoy🍀AlexHills TeamAssange🎻 (@GreenweaverArch) March 2, 2022
Started by the NZ Police !!! https://t.co/Ls2HledRTw
— tanea (@zelandica) March 2, 2022
Social media users claim there is footage showing police starting fires, but this has not been verified by DTNZ at the time of writing. Police have been criticised for their heavy-handed tactics against the peaceful protesters, but turning a blind eye to the violence of alleged outsiders.
A post on social media by ANTIFA NZ late this afternoon said:
Burn down the NZ government. ANTIFA is here for your freedom. Join the cause, fight the power.
— The BFD (@TheBFD_nz) March 2, 2022
A lot of Antifa coming in causing pandemonium. All masked up with nicely cut bundled wood & more. Pre-planned. Who exactly pays for them to do their shit? Of course, the mainstream media will say they are legit protestors. Antifa NZ even bragged about it on FB before taking down. pic.twitter.com/qvRIQPZu2V
— Trulye Aghaste 🍊 (@AghasteTrulye) March 2, 2022
— BioUnit (@continu_um) March 2, 2022
It's so hard to know what to believe. Who lit the fires? Police? Protesters? Antifa?
— Radio Ed (@RadioEdNZ) March 2, 2022
Others deny any involvement from ANTIFA NZ, pointing the finger at right wing agitators, and refuting the ANTIFA NZ social media accounts are genuinely those of the organisation.
Did #Antifa kill 30 in a mosque in NZ? Did Antifa kill 11 in a Jewish temple in Pittsburgh? Did Antifa open fire in a Walmart in El Paso?Did Antifa kill Sikhs worshipping in a temple? Did Antifa kill 168 people in OK City? RW terrorists are the biggest threat to USA. #IAmAntifa
— Fata Morgana (@maladamus) May 31, 2020
Yo, seems to be antifa types caught on live stream seen by 22k people. Be careful man these people aren’t from the protest they’re outsiders
— End the mandates #ResignArdern🤪🤷🏼♂️😂 (@KiwiforlifeNZ) March 2, 2022
The super aggressive ones are masked. They are Antifa. Came in at the end throwing things and running away. Added fuel to the fire clumsy cops started when they knocked over a generator and set tents on fire. They are not the protestors. Check out Antifa NZ you’ll see bragging. https://t.co/9N9QE49oTt
— Skin in the Game (@Skininthe69Game) March 2, 2022
Update to follow.