In a statement on Twitter today the pro-Freedom organisation called the sentences ‘extreme and out of proportion.’
Billy Te Kahika and Vinny Eastwood were sentenced on Thursday to four and three months imprisonment respectively for breaching a COVID lockdown in 2021 when they organised and attended a protest in Auckland.
Voices For Freedom wrote:
‘Time has shown the risk from Covid-19 to be far less serious than originally thought by New Zealand’s authorities. Research has found lockdowns to be ineffective and costly in terms of negative human consequences such as devastating impacts to Kiwi businesses and our economy, the education and health systems, mental health, domestic violence, societal harmony, and more.
‘Sentencing these two men based on outdated thinking is nonsensical and a shameful attack on New Zealanders’ human rights.’
VFF condemns sentencing of Te Kahika and Eastwood.
The sentencing of Billy Te Kahika and Vinny Eastwood to four and three months prison, respectively, for protesting during Auckland’s Level Four lockdown, is extreme and out of proportion to the action considered to be unlawful.…
— Voices For Freedom (@voices_nz) March 31, 2023