Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Order restored in nation’s capital

Police are continuing to maintain a high visibility foot presence around the Parliamentary grounds and neighbouring Wellington streets in the wake of yesterday’s protest resolution operation.

“There have been no significant updates overnight following Police’s major pre-planned operation yesterday to restore access within the protest area on Parliament grounds,” Police said in a statement today.

Aitken Street, Molesworth Street, and Kate Shepherd Lane remain blocked by concrete bollards but Police expect to begin a removal phase from tomorrow.

“The area was generally quiet with a small number of protesters located near the site, and Parliament grounds remain closed,” Police said.

Police had officers stationed around the perimeters of the CBD area this morning to monitor the grounds, but say there have been no issues to report. 

Two disorder-related arrests were made overnight, taking the total number of arrests in relation to the pre-planned operation to 89.

Riot police with shields near Parliament as they moved to break up the occupation of Parliament’s grounds yesterday.

“There have been no further injuries to staff overnight, with seven in hospital overnight with non-life threatening injuries.”

“Wellington residents can expect to see Police reassurance patrols as they come into the central business district this morning, allowing them to return with confidence.

“Police would once again like to thank the Wellington community for the support shown to our staff and for their patience with the disruption to our city,” Police said.

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