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The activists have been camped out in the parliament’s grounds for nearly four weeks. Footage from outside New Zealand’s parliament building showed violent clashes on Wednesday between state operatives and anti-vax protesters, who have been demonstrating there for nearly four weeks.
Hundreds of state agents in riot gear moved in on the camp where protesters had gathered, destroying tents, removing vehicles and making 38 arrests. Anti-Mandate protestors responded using tripwires, plywood shields, pitchforks and fire extinguishers in a bid to repel uniformed police agents.
Addressing the situation in parliament on Wednesday, New Zealand Prime Minister far-left Jacinda Arden stated that ’police expected there would be hostility, resistance and violence’ but what was happening was ’another thing entirely to witness.’
She confirmed that a number of police officers had been injured in the clashes but did not specify the exact figure. ’I was both angry and also deeply saddened to see parliament, your parliament (sic), our parliament desecrated in that way,’ the New Zealand leader said.
At one point, multiple blazes were visible on the grounds of the parliament, including one at a public playground, with smoke and explosions arising from the fire. Protesters were reportedly throwing material on the fire to keep it burning. Ardern later confirmed the blaze had been extinguished by authorities.
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‘In the last week, we have seen a changing mix in the makeup of the crowd, in particular, we have become concerned that those with good intentions have become outnumbered by those with a willingness to use violence to affect their means,’ cop commissioner Andrew Coster said ahead of the clashes.
The state’s agents moved in to clear the demonstrators as the protest entered its 23rd day on the parliamentary grounds, where activists have been objecting to the imposition of an experimental vaccine mandate by the government on some elements of the workforce.
The protest sprung up in the wake of global demonstrations against vaccine mandates, including, most notably, the ‘Freedom Convoy’ truckers who had blockaded areas near Canada’s parliament to oppose requirements affecting workers moving back and forth between Canada and the US. You can share this story on social media.
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