New Zealand protesters clog Parliament street

New Zealand protesters clog Parliament street

Hundreds of people protesting the vaccine and mask mandate marched in convoys in the New Zealand capital on Tuesday and gathered outside parliament as lawmakers meet again after summer break. Most of the masked protesters had fled from across the country, and their vehicles blocked the streets of central Wellington for hours and spoke in the courtyard of Parliament. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern chose not to meet with him as she gave a speech to lawmakers outlining her priorities for the year.

New Zealand requires that some workers, including teachers, doctors, nurses, police and military personnel, be vaccinated against the coronavirus amid complaints from protesters. Many demonstrators also oppose the mask mandate – such as in shops and at school among children over the age of about 8 – and support the ideal of greater “freedom”. New Zealand was one of the worst hit by the pandemic after closing its borders and enforcing a strict lockdown. The nation has reported just 53 virus deaths among a population of 5 million. But some are tired of the restrictions. With about 77 New Zealanders fully immunized, Ardern has promised she will not impose more lockdowns.

‘Truck protests must stop’

Canada’s public safety minister said on Monday that US officials should stay out of their country’s domestic affairs, joining other Canadian leaders in pushing back against prominent Republicans who offered support for protests over COVID-19 restrictions Was.

A day after Ottawa declared a state of emergency, the mayor requested about 2,000 additional police officers to help stop the raucous demonstrations by the so-called Freedom Truck Convoy, which crippled the capital’s business district by hundreds. Parked trucks are used. The protests have also angered people who live around the city, including the neighborhood near Parliament Hill, the seat of the federal government.

“Individuals are trying to block our economy, our democracy and the daily lives of our fellow citizens,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an emergency debate in parliament. “This has got to stop.” He said the restrictions would not last forever and added that Canada has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. “Canadians rely on science,” Trudeau said. “Some people shouting and waving swastikas doesn’t define who Canadians are.”

China shuts down southern city

China has ordered residents of the southern city of Bice to stay home and suspended transport links at least partly linked to the Omicron variant amid a surge in Covid-19 cases.

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