Sunday, May 26, 2024

Wellington roads reopen after protest march

Police have reopened roads around Parliament this afternoon following today’s protests.

An estimated 2,000 people marched from Civic Square to Parliament today, with Police reporting no issues from the protest group.

“Police maintained a high presence in the city to manage traffic and keep counter protest groups apart,” said Relieving Wellington District Commander, Acting Superintendent Wade Jennings.

Approximately 100 Police staff were on duty for the protest and march.

“The crowd has now departed from Parliament grounds, and we are continuing to monitor the area as people leave the city,” he said.

“We are pleased that our message to protesters seems to have been heeded.

“The ability to protest peacefully is an important part of being a democratic community – but key for us, is this activity remains peaceful.

“With protesters largely gone from the area, we are now keen to reopen the roads, and restore people’s ability to travel through the area.”

Police will continue to have a presence around the Parliamentary precinct this evening and overnight.

Police are also continuing to engage with protest groups who are planning to hold a similar protest event on Saturday.

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