Protester drives at New Zealand police as cordon tightens

Protester drives at New Zealand police as cordon tightens


Wellington: A protestor driving a car towards a New Zealand police line, when other protesters spray the officers with a bite of the officers, police said on Tuesday that they made a cordon around a camp camped outside the Parliament.
A day after the clashes in Wellington’s capital, the police said that some protesters threw human stall towards them.
Police Assistant Commissioner Richard Chambers told reporters that some protesters who opposed the Karonavirus vaccine mandate would be dealt with unacceptable and firmly.
“Our focus is on paving the way for Wellingtonians and doing our best to restore peaceful protest,” Chambers said. “The behavior of a certain group in the protesting community is absolutely shameful.”
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said protesters had taken things too far and had to return to their homes.
“What’s going on in Wellington is wrong,” he said.
The latest clashes erupted after about 250 officers and staff arrived early in the morning and used forklifts to remove concrete barriers on a tight cordon around the camp, with hundreds of cars and trucks blocking city streets. Police used barricades this week to allow protesters’ vehicles to leave, but no one was allowed to enter.
The video posted online shows a white car heading in the wrong direction on a one-way street towards a group of officers who quickly leave the road while people shout. The car came to a stop at the police line and several officers got inside and pulled the driver out.
Police said officers were fortunate to have escaped injury after the car stopped after colliding with them. They say they have arrested one for dangerous driving and two for obstructing police.
Chambers said three officers who were sprayed with an unknown stinging substance were treated at a hospital and were recovering.
The protest, which began when a convoy of cars and trucks was heading to Parliament, was inspired by similar protests in Canada. Protesters have been organized to set up tents on lawns outside Parliament and to be hauled to portable toilets, donated food crates and straw bales to keep the grass from turning into mud after Parliament Speaker Trevor Mallard turned on the sprinkler. Manilo tunes in their failed attempt to leave.
Protesters have even dug up a vegetable garden, set up a day-care tent and assembled temporary showers as they indicate their intention to stay for a long time.
New Zealand has made it mandatory for some staff, including teachers, doctors, nurses, police and military personnel, to be vaccinated against Covid-19. A vaccine pass is also required to enter most shops and restaurants.
The protest comes as New Zealand experiences its first major Covid-19 outbreak, fueled by the Omicron variant. The number of daily cases reached a new high of more than 2,800 on Tuesday, although only one patient was hospitalized in the intensive care unit. About 77% of the population has been vaccinated.
Since the onset of the epidemic, New Zealand has reported only 56 virus deaths out of its 5 million population, following the imposition of strict border controls and lockdowns to curb the outbreak.
Ardern said earlier this week that he plans to begin simplifying virus orders and restrictions once the current outbreak peaks.



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