Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand Police Back off as Freedom Convoy Protests Build

An estimated 1,500 pro-freedom demonstrators continued to rally outside the New Zealand Parliament on Friday in defiance of the police and the government. They gathered in what was described as a carnival atmosphere just 24-hours after some 120 of their number were arrested and removed.

Protesters enjoy a festival atmosphere in the grounds of Parliament on the fourth day of demonstrations against Covid-19 restrictions, inspired by a similar demonstration in Canada, in Wellington on February 11, 2022. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP) (Photo by MARTY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Images)