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Protesters camping outside New Zealand’s parliament are expected to stay for THREE MONTHS as they fight for vaccine mandates to end
- Hundreds of protesters are still outside NZ’s parliament for a fourth day running
- Protestors still demand to speak with cabinet ministers about vaccine mandates
- Police say they need to move along vehicles congesting the nation’s capital
The hundreds of anti-vaccine mandate protesters gathered outside New Zealand’s Parliament are expected to camp on the front lawn for up to three months, police claim.
In scenes similar to demonstrations in Canberra, Canada’s capital of Ottawa and parts of the United States, for the past 10 days rowdy protesters calling for an end to Covid restrictions have gathered outside the Beehive in Wellington.
The situation has become so tedious for police that authorities are threatening to use Defence Force vehicles to tow the cars that have been parked out the front.
Four such vehicles have already been brought into the city, however police say they are focusing on ‘engagement’ before those measures are required.
Police Association president Chris Cahill told Newstalk ZB on Thursday said he is satisfied with the protesters setting up camp – but not those who are disrupting businesses and locals with their vehicles.
Hundreds of anti-vaccine mandate protesters in Wellington are in a tenth straight day of protesting
‘You’ve got a bunch of people sitting in tents on the lawn … Just leave them there,’ Mr Cahill said.
‘But the vehicles that are blocking other businesses and stopping New Zealanders going about their business, that’s a different kettle of fish, and Police have to deal with that.’
Unnamed anti-vaccine mandate protestors recently demanded an urgent meeting with NZ Cabinet ministers.
On Thursday, Daily Mail Australia received a statement from speaker Trevor Mallard, the Chair of the Parliamentary Service Commission, following Commission discussions.
‘There will be no dialogue with protesters currently occupying the Parliament until the protest returns to one within the law.
‘Including the clearing of all illegally parked vehicles that are blocking streets, the removal of unauthorised structures, and the cessation of the intimidation of Wellingtonians,’ the statement reads.
The protestors are gathered on the beehive lawns, carparks and surrounding areas
Police have flagged that the protestors’ camps on the lawn are not as much of a concern as the vehicles they have parked around the area
Police Commissioner, Andrew Coster had indicated that the illegally parked cars may be removed by police, but has not begun towing vehicles as of yet.
Speaking to 1 News on Wednesday, Coster said that he was focused on getting a message across.
‘We aren’t a threat to lawful protest but we are a threat to people who are acting unlawfully, like blocking the road.
‘If people leave us to tow their car they won’t get it back,’ he said.