After a conflict with the police, over 50 anti-vaccine demonstrators were arrested in New Zealand.
On the grounds of New Zealand's parliament, police and anti-vaccine protestors battled on Thursday, with more than 50 people arrested after activists camping outside the legislature for three days were asked to leave.
As they scuffled with a line of police moving to evacuate a temporary settlement from the lawns of parliament, activists shouted the Maori haka and cried "hold the line."
After taking a hands-off attitude to the previous two days of protests, police moved in early Thursday, using loudhailers to tell a throng of around 150 that if they didn't leave, they would be arrested.
"This is not democracy," "shame on you," and "remove the mandate" were yelled as officers were beaten and kicked.
Hundreds of semi-trailers and campervans jammed roadways in central Wellington on Tuesday, a replica of a "Freedom Convoy" action by Canadian truckers.
After 24 hours, many of the trucks had left, but a small group of activists remained, promising to stay "as long as it takes."
Wellington City Council stated its parking officials would begin issuing citations to convoy vehicles obstructing city streets, after taking a low-key approach in the early phases of the protest.
Wellington residents' tolerance has run out as a result of the protests, according to Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson, who urged for the police to intervene.
Prior to the police action, he told Radio New Zealand that "roads are blocked in the city, companies have had to close, and individuals feel scared and intimidated by some of the demonstrators."
The cops are 'disappointed.'
More than 100 extra officers were called in from outside the city to disperse the protest, according to Wellington police commander Superintendent Corrie Parnell.
"It's sad that, despite the grounds being closed to the public earlier today," he stated, "a number of demonstrators are refusing to leave the precinct."
To prevent reinforcements from joining the protest, police locked the parliamentary complex to the public in an uncommon action.
The police moved ahead over the parliament grounds at first but were forced to stop when they encountered opposition, and the most notable were captured.
Police allegedly provoked the mob, according to one woman who refused to give her name.
"This has been a nonviolent demonstration," she continued, "and what they've done is a disgrace."
"I never expected to see something like this in New Zealand."
However, residents in the capital have reported being harassed for wearing masks, and many companies near parliament have shuttered as a result of personnel being harassed for enforcing vaccine mandates.
Wellington City Council said its parking officials would begin issuing citations to convoy vehicles obstructing city roadways, after taking a low-key approach in the early days of the protest.
People working in industries such as health, law enforcement, education, and defense in New Zealand are required to get the Covid vaccine, and those who refuse to risk losing their jobs.
Restaurants, sporting activities, and religious ceremonies all require proof of immunization.
Since late last month, the "Freedom Convoy" of trucks has been gridlocking Canada's capital, Ottawa, causing municipal officials to declare a state of emergency.