New Zealand: Police condemn the use of macarena to disperse protesters

New Zealand: Police condemn the use of macarena to disperse protesters

This technique is debated within the police. To disperse anti-vaccine protesters against COVID-19 And unfavorable to health restrictions who have been camping for a week in the lawns of the New Zealand Parliament, in the capital Wellington, intoxicating songs are broadcast in a loop, which forced the police to be on site very moderately.

On Sunday, the authorities, based on a decision of Parliament, used automatic machine guns and tried to disgust the demonstrators by broadcasting music such as “Baby Shark”, “Macarena” and “Mandy” from Manilo. But hundreds of protesters are inspired by the self-proclaimed Canadian Freedom ConvoysThey danced in the mud to tunes meant to force them apart, and fought back with their favorite beats.

Superintendent Cory Parnell, Wellington Police Chief, did not appreciate this vulgar tactic by Parliament, which appears to have bolstered the protesters’ resolve. “These are certainly not tactics or methodologies that we support, and we would have preferred that not happen,” he told Radio New Zealand, again urging protesters to move the always-blocking vehicles into the streets. “It is not a matter (…) arresting people to go out (from this case) ‘, he said, however, calling on the regulators to negotiate.

The use of force failed last week

Police have taken a nonviolent approach since attempting to forcibly clear lawns on Thursday. Violent clashes erupted and more than 120 people were arrested. But it hardened the resolve of the protesters.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declined to comment on Sunday’s music rivalry, but opposition figures were quick to blame the Speaker of Parliament, Trevor Mallard, for approving the measure. “Mallard’s actions are shameful, embarrassing and ineffective,” said Chris Bishop of the National Party. “Not only are Mallard’s actions immature, not only ineffective, they have made the dangerous situation much worse,” said David Seymour, leader of the opposition ACT party. His frivolous behavior encouraged protesters. »

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