Friday, July 19, 2024

Police arrest Parliament protest trio

Police have arrested three people on the grounds of Parliament this afternoon after they attempted to breach Police lines.

“This is extremely disappointing as until this occurred, the activity of most of those present has been peaceful for the majority of the day,” said Wellington District Commander, Superintendent Corrie Parnell.

“Police will maintain a presence at Parliament tonight and will continue to monitor activity recognising that people had a right to peaceful protest.”

Hundreds of people converged on the streets outside Parliament yesterday and today in a ‘convoy for freedom’ protesting vaccine mandates and pandemic restrictions.

Police are reminding members of the public that there will continue to be some disruption to traffic flows in central Wellington, and motorists should allow extra time as delays are likely this evening and tomorrow morning.

“For the most part, traffic around the city is largely free-flowing,” said Supt Parnell.

A small part of Molesworth Street remains impassable to through traffic and the area around Parliament, including the northern end of Lambton Quay and lower Bowen Street, should be avoided and alternate routes sought.

Anyone with any specific concerns in relation to the protest activity should contact Police via 105.

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