Inspired by the Canadian movement, hundreds of vehicles were parked in the streets near Parliament House in Wellington or sounded their horns downtown.
A convoy of trucks and mobile homes blocked streets around New Zealand’s parliament in Wellington on Tuesday to protest health measures and vaccinations, a movement inspired by the movement that paralyzed the Canadian capital. Hundreds of vehicles with messages such as “give us back our freedom” And the “Coercion is not consent‘, parked in the streets near Parliament.
Hundreds more marched through the city center honking car horns while more than a thousand people listened to sermons. Stu Mayne, a Wellington resident, said the protesters’ concerns about stepping back on their rights had not been heard by the government. “I have been vaccinated but I am against forcing people to do soHe explained to AFP, describing this policy as “scandalThe protest remained peaceful and the police did not mention any arrests or major incidents.
No dialogue envisaged
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said she does not intend to speak with those involved in the operation, stressing that the majority of New Zealanders have shown their support for the government’s vaccination programme. “96% of New Zealanders are vaccinated, allowing us to live today with fewer restrictions thanks to the extra protection it offersShe told Radio New Zealand.
Vaccination against Covid-19 is mandatory for people working in certain sectors such as health, police, education and defense. The Health Passage System has come into effect, which requires people to prove they are vaccinated to enter restaurants, participate in sporting events or religious services. It is not mandatory for public transport, supermarkets, schools or access to health services.
Several protesters in Wellington carried Canadian flags, including entrant Bailey, who declined to reveal his last name. Hundreds of trucks were doingheadquartersThe mayor of the Canadian capital and the mayor of Ottawa on Monday called on federal authorities to help put an end to it. Wellington’s caravan organizers have not indicated how long they intend to stay in the city.
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