A convoy of cars and campervans blocked streets surrounding New Zealand’s parliament in Wellington on Tuesday (Feb. 8) to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates, attempting to mimic the truckers who have gridlocked the Canadian capital city of Ottawa.
About 2,000 protesters descended on downtown Wellington from around the country, parking their vehicles in streets around parliament buildings, disrupting traffic and holding speeches on parliament grounds.
The convoy was timed to coincide with parliament reconvening for the year and was similar to the one held in the Australian capital of Canberra on Monday (Feb. 7). Some protesters held Canadian flags in support of the truckers in Ottawa who have been blockading the city for more than a week.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she had no intention of engaging with the protesters.
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