A ragtag group of about 150 folks gathered on Parliament’s forecourt at present to demand an finish to Covid-19 lockdowns.
The so-called freedom rally – led by political firebrand Billy Te Kahika – kicked off shortly after 1pm on Thursday afternoon and lasted about an hour.
Members of the group wielded banners and placards describing the coronavirus as a rip-off and decrying vaccines and lockdown measures, echoing on-line conspiracy theories.
Others waved pro-Trump flags or indicators protesting something from 1080 pest management to fluoride to the Chinese language Communist Occasion.
Te Kahika informed the gang they stood collectively towards the “gang of corruption” that exists at Parliament.
“We’re right here as many various ethnicities. We’re right here as folks with completely different beliefs, completely different persuasions,” he stated.
“However we stand united for one function: to defend our proper to decide on for ourselves and our households, our whānau, how we are going to dwell.”
Te Kahika continued his observe of spreading misinformation in his speech together with that Covid-19 is not any extra deadly than the winter flu.
Covid-19 has thus far claimed the lives of virtually 2 million folks worldwide.
Te Kahika additionally praised the Covid-19 Plan B group, which argues towards lockdowns, regardless of the measure serving to efficiently eradicate the coronavirus in New Zealand’s neighborhood.
New Zealand spent almost 5 weeks beneath a strict stage 4 lockdown measure final yr after which about two weeks extra beneath stage three.
Auckland returned to stage three in August for 2 and a half weeks after the virus briefly re-emerged in the neighborhood.