Madi’s story of NZ Police mistreatment at the Wellington freedom protest

Madi’s story of NZ Police mistreatment at the Wellington freedom protest

Madi lost her job due to the mandates in New Zealand. She headed to Wellington, in February 2022 to take part in the Wellington freedom protest to have her voice heard, at the people’s parliamentary grounds.

In this interview, the diminutive 21-yr-old recalls her experience of Police mistreatment and abuse that occurred to her on February 10th, 2022 during the Parliament protest. Having been sitting peacefully, yet with a quiet, steely resolve, she was violently pulled out by three members of the NZ police force, roughly manhandled and handcuffed incorrectly, with no care about her crying out in pain. She was taken to a cold, decrepit cell, and exposed to psychological torment in the form of intermittent loud banging on the cell door.

She was then let out after many hours, with no acceptable reason given for her arrest. The NZ Police forced her to sign her utterly disproportionate bail requirements under duress.

How can the New Zealand Police be allowed to get away with this horrific treatment of a New Zealander utilising their rights to protest without facing repercussions? We welcome the Independent Police Complaints Authority (IPCA) to watch this interview.

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