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A one-person anti-lockdown protest in New Zealand was broken up by police

Police used social media to hear of the protest

  • Tope Olufemi
  • 27 August 2021
A one-person anti-lockdown protest in New Zealand was broken up by police

A one-person anti-lockdown protest in Auckland, New Zealand was shut down by police on Friday.

According to Newshub, Queen Street saw only one protester after the police believed that an anti-lockdown protest was set to take place in the area.

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A police spokesperson said:

“Police have been in the area and have spoken to one person who arrived intending to attend the protest. Police spoke to the individual who was encouraged to comply with alert level four restrictions and chose to leave,”

Newshub also found that an Instagram account was calling on many to get involved in the protest, but they claimed that they were not involved in the protest that ensued. Criticism was aimed at Jacinda Ardern, the New Zealand prime minister as many believed that lockdown was ‘destroying the economy’.

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A protest took place last week on Queen Street, with around 100 protesters and four arrests, while another took place in Taraunga outside a police station, with another four arrests. The country is currently in lockdown as they continue to battle a delta variant outbreak, 346 cases have since been recorded.

Tope Olufemi is Mixmag’s Digital Intern, follow them on Twitter

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