Freedom campaigner Pastor Carl Bromley was trespassed from the Eastgate Mall in Christchurch on Saturday.
Bromley was among a group of about 30-40 ‘peaceful everyday kiwis’ sitting in the food court when an apparently ‘triggered’ police officer informed them the mall manager had requested they leave.
The officer and five others had earlier come inside and spoke to a group of coffee drinkers. When the police turned to leave, the mall erupted in spontaneous applause, according to Bromley, and this reaction appeared to ‘trigger’ the officer.
The reason for the police presence was because someone had told mall management the group intended to sing the national anthem and/or perform a haka.
Bromley said that while he could not understand why this could be considered a crime, it was in fact incorrect – the group were not intending to sing or do a haka – they were just there to have a coffee, after a morning attending the anti-Ardern protest.