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Hundreds of people in New Zealand continue to protest against their government’s mandate for vaccines, despite the government’s attempt to dissuade protesters, as participants say they were inspired by Canadian truckers who protested against their own government for more than 8,000 miles.
At least 400 trucks, vans and motorcycles have been parked in front of the Parliament Building in Wellington, and crowds continue to call for an end. coronavirus– related to the restrictions that actually closed the country’s borders, according to Reuters.
“Today there was an influx of protesters in the parliament, including children. However, the crowd was tidy, ”Assistant Police Commissioner Richard Chambers told a group of journalists, Reuters reports.
Law enforcement An attempt to clear the government building ordered the protesters to leave and said their vehicles could be towed out of the area, officials said.
Chambers added: “This is a very difficult situation, and we remember the tactics that must be adopted to prevent the situation from escalating,” the statement said.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern rejects protesters’ demands, calling the demonstration “imported”, Reuters reported.
The protests last for nine days.
While protests against the vaccine mandate have sprung up around the world, the idea for a protest that directly affects the government building may have come from the Freedom Convoy in Ottawa, which is protesting against the Prime Minister of Canada. Justin Trudeau.
Trudeau called the blockade of vehicles in his country “illegal” and similarly criticized the protesters as “a small marginal minority of people who … do not represent the views of Canadians.”
On Tuesday, the village Canadian the government has announced there will be easing travel restrictionsalthough it attributes the change to “the actions of tens of millions of Canadians across the country who have implemented public health measures, including vaccinations for themselves and their families.”
However, travelers will still need to be fully vaccinated – a requirement that the protesters want to remove.
The protesters from New Zealand and Canada did not commit any crimes other than resisting the termination instructions, and their respective protests did not result in injuries or robberies.