Billy Te Kahika hired his own private guard for his protest.Photo / Jason Walls
Police were called in to monitor a so-called “freedom of assembly” outside parliament this afternoon, led by controversial politician Billy Te Kahika.
Protesters gathered outside parliament. So is the police on the scene this afternoon to “keep it safe and comply with the law.”
Te Kahika also hired his own private guard for the event.
There are about 50 protesters-they are numerous by those having lunch on the lawn of Congress.
The rally was scheduled to meet on parliamentary grounds at 1 pm, but protesters began to gather much earlier, armed with the Donald Trump flag and “QAnon” T-shirts.
One of the protesters Herald spoke to said she “loved Trump,” and the rally was on a number of issues, including 1080, “freedom,” and the blockade of Covid-19.
Parliament is very secure and the police are on the ground.
A police spokesperson said he was aware of the planned rally in Beehive and was in contact with the protest organizers.
“The role of the police is to ensure safety and comply with the law, while recognizing the legitimate right to protest.”
The rally was previously fired by Matthew Tukaki, Chairman of the Maori Council.
“It’s an alt-right, it’s a protrump, it has nothing to do with freedom.”
Herald asked Tekahika for comment.
Mr. Tukaki said the rally organizers are pushing for a plot on Covid-19, including New Zealand’s attempt to enter a level 4 blockade.
“New Zealand is now an outstanding country in the world. In the face of a pandemic, you have the freedom to move around the country.
“You can still go to the funeral with Tangihanga, you can still go to see your newborn Moko in the hospital. You can still go to celebrate that 70th birthday I can do it.
“So what exactly are they talking about freedom?”
The poster for the rally urged supporters to bring a placard.
A poster shared by Te Kahika on Facebook said, “We will unite to confront harmful, unnecessary and illegal blockades.”
Mr. Tukaki said New Zealand had the same elements of the problem as the United States, but Kiwi was “more practical.” The US Capitol was attacked in Washington last week.
“Some of our communities feel dissatisfied, deprived and separated, but not as big as the United States,” he said.
“We strongly believe that we can work on it here and have the opportunity to balance the equations and create fairness.”
Tukaki expected thousands to appear at the rally in Wellington.
A police spokesperson said he would secure his safety, uphold the law, and recognize his legitimate right to protest. If you have a problem, you can always take action.
Police paying attention to the controversial Billy TK “Freedom Rally” outside Beehive
SourcePolice paying attention to the controversial Billy TK “Freedom Rally” outside Beehive