Police have arrested scores of protesters who were camped out on the grounds of New Zealand’s parliament on the third day of a convoy protest against coronavirus mandates.
Thursday’s arrests came after parliament speaker Trevor Mallard took the rare step of closing the grounds.
By 8pm, police had arrested more than 120 people and had charged many of them with trespassing or obstruction.
The protest began on Tuesday after more than 1,000 people driving cars and trucks converged on parliament in a convoy inspired by protests in Canada and elsewhere.
Among the protesters’ grievances is the requirement in New Zealand that certain workers get vaccinated against Covid-19, including teachers, doctors, nurses, police and military personnel.
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