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Protesters get through a tough night

The Wellington protest has made it through a tough night of rain and high winds.

Another day of difficult conditions is expected today, although rain and wind appears to have eased in the last hour. Last evening Speaker Trevor Mallard  ordered the playing of continuous loud music, featuring Barry Manilow and the Marcarena, but like his sprinkler ploy, has had no effect.

Some tents were blown over last night but work begun early to reassemble them. Hot food and drinks are being provided, as well as hot showers. A medical tent is also available.

One of our contacts on the ground gives a brief summary of the past few days:

The rally members have not ever tried to push past the police line – the police line (more than a dozen times) tried to push those people out of the park. I was there every afternoon speaking with people and seeing the attitude of the police (not in the mornings, unfortunately, when the worst assaults happened).

On Tuesday, when the rally arrived, there were no police, and the atmosphere was peaceful, loving, positive and supportive…reminded me of the 60s sit-ins! Locals were providing food and drink, and private security staff were calmly assisting with street parking etc. There was not an unhappy person in sight.

Then on Wednesday, there were the police, almost elbow to elbow, in a solid line all around the forecourt in front of Parliament, When Brett Power asked to be allowed to deliver his letter to the reception area, police denied him his right and started to push him back – he never pushed them first – and then he had to defend himself from their unnecessary aggression. All they had to do was accompany him over to reception and back.

Phone videos went out, and the police backed off pretty much for the rest of the day.

I didn’t arrive until the afternoon again on Thursday, and heard about the organised, vicious serried-line pushing into the rally crowd by the police. I interviewed a couple in their 40s who were targeted and injured during one of a dozen of these attempted invasions to disperse the crowd. The crowd responded by linking arms and cowering to protect themselves, but the police dug into the weaker points and dragged out vulnerable individuals to arrest them.

It seems by Friday, police had backed off again due to lack of success, as there were fewer in the line around the forecourt. Witnesses had seen younger members of the police force crying on Wednesday. Apparently, the police had used some young people from police college as part of the troops. Word also was on Friday, that a number of police, including some of the younger members, had shared they were resigning because of their upsetting experience and disillusion with police tactics.

I could see that many more were arriving at the rally yesterday, and people were expecting more today. We’ll see how things are going in this wet weather. Obviously, the people in tents will be adversely affected, but everyone in a vehicle said, “There is no way we’re going til the Government answers our request for freedom of choice and removes the mandates.”

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  1. Many of the people unable to pay their rent for refusing to say “NO” to a medical experiment! And Ducky Mallard thinks he has a way to chase these sodden decent people far away. So precious water’s wasted, wetting protesters clothes, is very soon stopped by a cone put on a hose! The disrespect for human beings I find very shocking and Jaxcinda has forgotten that she needs to stop blocking! Not time to play hide and seek that’s only for the weak…grow up Jaxcinda and explore your Mana unless you want to look like a rotten banana When freedom and our anthem are trashed by fear It may be time to consider moving up a gear?.

    • On and off this afternoon I’ve been watching various clips of the turnout at Parliament. There was an older Maori guy swinging pois and there’s Hare Krishnas and many other groups there, all merging and really displaying what it is to be New Zealanders. Even as a spectator away from Wellington it feels great to be a New Zealander when I see all this and the ongoing determination of a diverse group that knows the value of human rights. We’re at a place now where the government is the odd one out.

      Be kind. Hahaha

  2. Study the lyrics of Mallards playlist…the words are a cry for help from inside parliament…Mallard trying to break free of the chains of Jacinda…

  3. “Last evening Speaker Trevor Mallard ordered the playing of continuous loud music, featuring Barry Manilow and the Marcarena…”

    Last year I watched the film, Bohemian Rhapsody, and it was the gayest thing I’ve ever seen…until I read the above sentence.


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