Not to be outdone by its neighbor Australia essentially declaring martial law-level COVID-19 restrictions, New Zealand’s daring police force have successfully taken down an anti-lockdown protest attended by a single individual.
Obviously, the event in question was poorly organized — or not really a serious event at all. In late August, Newshub reported that a “graphic” Instagram account published a post promoting a protest to take place on Queen Street in Auckland, New Zealand.
“How long will you let her destroy our country. NZ calling all who call NZ home – it is time to take a stand! A stand for the future we want. Our NZ,” the post reportedly read.
When police arrived to break up this revolution, they found on a single person who quietly agreed to go home.
“Police have been in the area and have spoken to one person who arrived intending to attend the protest,” the force said in a statement. “Police spoke to the individual who was encouraged to comply with alert level four restrictions and chose to leave.”
We’re not sure who to feel more embarrassed for — the person who attended an event that didn’t exist, or the police who decided that a lone man standing around by himself waving a sign was a serious threat to public health.
New Zealand has repeatedly made headlines for its truly draconian COVID-19 restrictions. The island country famously re-introduced forcible business closings and social distancing rules over a single positive COVID-19 case — in the entire country.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has enjoyed very positive coverage by the pro-lockdown mainstream media, and scorn from those who want some semblance of freedom back. Lockdown policies have crippled the country’s economy just as they have everywhere else in the world. Newshub reports that the market has been able to bounce back better than expected, but it remains unclear just how exactly life has improved for the people living there.
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