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Hundreds of anti vaccine and mandate protesters walk Christchurch’s streets

A gaggle of about 200 folks attended an anti-Authorities rally and march from Latimer Sq. in Christchurch late on Saturday morning.

Christchurch Metropolis Council warned residents in regards to the protest, in opposition to Covid-19 vaccinations and mandates, which included a march across the metropolis.

The protesters, together with members of the Nationwide Entrance and anti-Covid-19 vaccine group Voices For Freedom, listened to Lee Williams, a far-right YouTuber, earlier than leaving Latimer Sq. at about 11.20am.

Williams instructed the group all serving politicians wanted to be “introduced down”.

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Far-right YouTuber Lee Williams addresses a crowd of about 200 people at a Freedom and Rights Coalition anti-Government protest march from Latimer Square.

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Far-right YouTuber Lee Williams addresses a crowd of about 200 folks at a Freedom and Rights Coalition anti-Authorities protest march from Latimer Sq..

Streets that might be affected by the march embody Madras Avenue, Armagh Avenue, New Regent Avenue, Gloucester Avenue, Colombo Avenue, Oxford Terrace, Cambridge Terrace, Lichfield Avenue and Worcester Boulevard.

A gaggle of six tents have been erected on the sq. on Friday night, however have been empty on Saturday morning.

The council Fb submit says the march “could have an effect on entry to the Lichfield Avenue parking constructing”.

“If you happen to’re planning on visiting town round this time, we propose utilizing Barbadoes Avenue and making use of different automobile park buildings.”

Protesters at a Freedom and Rights Coalition march in Christchurch on Saturday.

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Protesters at a Freedom and Rights Coalition march in Christchurch on Saturday.

A council spokeswoman stated the parks staff visited and checked the tents on Friday night and had no issues about them. They might proceed to watch the state of affairs, she stated.

A poster promoting the “Enshrine our Invoice of Rights march” on social media known as for the “freedom to decide on”, to eliminate the Covid-19 Response Invoice and “no extra media lies”, and “eliminate all present politicians”.

In late March Freedom & Rights Canterbury Coalition, led by Future Church pastor Derek Tait, stated they supposed to proceed protesting.

Tait attended Saturday’s protest, which was led by a gaggle of males on motorbikes.

He instructed Stuff the protest was geared toward getting rid of the present Authorities, and making the Invoice of Rights a written structure and a part of supreme regulation – much like the USA Structure.

Tents in Latimer Square ahead of a protest march calling for an enshrined bill of rights and to “get rid of all current politicians”.

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Tents in Latimer Sq. forward of a protest march calling for an enshrined invoice of rights and to “eliminate all present politicians”.

The New Zealand Invoice of Rights Act of 1990 units out the rights and elementary freedoms of anybody topic to New Zealand regulation, however will not be contained in a single single constitutional doc.

This week a Authorities determination to take away vaccine go necessities, most vaccine mandates, QR code scanning and outside gathering limits got here into impact.

On Monday the “Freedom Village” group – which has hyperlinks to Kyle Chapman, the former chief of far-right group NZ Nationwide Entrance – erected tents and towed caravans onto the location between Brooker Ave, Dunair Dr and New Brighton Rd.

Derek Tait, Destiny Church pastor on his motor bike at Latimer Square prior to an anti-Government march.

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Derek Tait, Future Church pastor on his motor bike at Latimer Sq. previous to an anti-Authorities march.

Tait stated he was not linked with these within the “Freedom Village” group.

Anti-mandate protesters from Christchurch’s Cranmer Sq. are believed to be amongst these tenting at a brand new “Freedom Village” within the former residential pink zone.

On Friday Christchurch Metropolis Council head of parks Andrew Rutledge stated the settlement is illegal.

“The realm the group is occupying is a mixture of Christchurch Metropolis Council reserve land and residential pink zone land and the authorized recommendation we now have now obtained makes it clear the provisions of our 2016 Parks and Reserves Bylaw 2016 do apply,” he stated.

“Our Parks and Reserves Bylaw clearly states that individuals can’t erect tents and buildings, or park autos, on park or reserve land. They’re additionally not allowed to take away vegetation.”

Occupiers set up camp at freedom village in the red zone, Burwood, Christchurch.

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Occupiers arrange camp at freedom village within the pink zone, Burwood, Christchurch.

Christchurch’s Cranmer Sq. was left pockmarked with patches of useless grass from tents, gazebos, moveable bathrooms, barbecues, and even a trampoline that fashioned the anti-mandate campsite that was illegally arrange within the park on February 14.

It’s fenced off whereas new grass beds in.

Christchurch Metropolis Council despatched the coalition three invoices totalling $50,533 for protests on town streets in November, December, January and February.

Extra invoices are being ready for protests held in March.

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