Maori protests against the new New Zealand government

Maori protests against the new New Zealand government

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of New Zealand on Tuesday to protest the newly elected conservative government’s policies towards the Maori population.

The demonstrations, backed by the Māori party Te Pāti Māori, were held particularly in Auckland and Wellington, marking the first test for Prime Minister Christopher Luxon.

Maori leaders accuse the Conservative Alliance of racist policies, including threatening a treaty protecting indigenous rights. They oppose plans to change the names of some departments from Māori to English and close the Māori health authority, Te Aka y Ora.

About 300 vehicles participated in the protests in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, where two people were arrested, according to police.

Demonstrations were also held in the capital, Wellington, before the opening session of the New Zealand Parliament.

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