Thursday, April 25, 2024

Wellington prepares for protest

Protestors are set to return to the grounds of Parliament this week, with Freedom Rights Coalition members planning a demonstration in the busy Wellington zone tomorrow.

Wellington District Commander, Superintendent Corrie Parnell said road closures and parking restrictions were now in place around Parliament grounds, in anticipation of the protect action.

“As with other locations, Police is aware a counter-protest group is also planning to gather near Parliament,” said Supt Parnell.

“A Traffic Management Plan is in place to restrict unauthorised vehicle movement and parking around Parliament from Sunday evening until the conclusion of the protest.”

Road closures will be in place at the Parliament end of Lambton Quay, lower Molesworth Street, and Kate Sheppard Place.

“Police is asking commuters and people who work or move through the area, to plan ahead, and while we anticipate there will be more people in the area, we expect traffic disruption to be minimal,” said Supt Parnell.

“We acknowledge it is important that people have the right to peaceful protest. However, Police will take action against unlawful behaviour.

“We note that other similar protests, particularly in Auckland, while disruptive to traffic for a short time, did see protesters disperse at the conclusion, with the road quickly returned to normal traffic flows. Our expectation of these protesters is that their protest will remain lawful at all times,” he said.

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