More than 50 police have formed a ring around the front of Parliament edging up to a line of protesters who have linked arms lining up in front of the cenotaph.
9 February, 2022
One person speaking said he would walk up the Parliament steps at 3pm and get arrested, inviting others in the crowd to join, saying “see you at 3pm” to cheers from the crowd.
The group is part of a convoy which travelled to the capital yesterday to protest against Covid-19 vaccine mandates.
About 1000 people and hundreds of vehicle converged on Parliament grounds yesterday, and at least 100 people camped overnight.
- About 60 police officers have formed a ring, behind security barriers around the forecourt, in a stand off with protestors.
- A few hundred people and more than a dozen tents remain on the front lawn, in breach of Parliament’s rules.
- People were issued with notices last night and today laying out the rules and what would happen if they continue to break the rules on no camping overnight on Parliament grounds.
- One speaker has just told the protest he intends to walk up the front steps of Parliament and get arrested at 3 o’clock, inviting others to join him – met by cheers from the crowd.
- The bottom of Molesworth street by Parliament and some side streets remain blocked off to other traffic.
BBQs and generator being fired up
A kitchen tent is dishing out food to hungry protesters camped out at Parliament complaining about vaccination mandates and certificates.
About 500 people are waving flags and listening to speeches on the grounds, where about 100 tents were pitched last night – against the rules.
On Molesworth Street, which blocked by dozens of trucks and other vehicles, there are queues for BBQ sausages and coffee, and a generator is being fired up.
One woman, who did not want to be named, says it is a good atmosphere:
“I’ve been here for a few days, everyone’s getting fed, everyone’s really peaceful. No one’s causing any trouble to anyone.
“Have some lunch, do some face painting, talk to people, give them some moral support and just some mental health support – there’s lots of people here who really need it.”
The protesters are calling for politicians to come out of Parliament and listen to them.
The story so far….
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