Friday, 5 September 2003 - 12:05pm |

Police follow up farmers’ Parliamentary protest

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Wellington Police are investigating incidents involving a tractor and a motorbike during the farmers’ protest at Parliament yesterday.

A tractor was twice driven up Parliament Building’s front steps to the first landing before progress was blocked by Parliamentary security staff.

In another incident, a motorbike was also driven up the steps. A security officer suffered a minor arm injury when he intervened.

Inspector Marty Grenfell, Wellington Area Controller, says police were present at the protest and have concerns about the safety of what took place.

&#34We recognise people have the right to protest but they must do so in a reasonable manner. Using vehicles or heavy machinery in a protest exposes a risk for the safety and wellbeing of others, particularly where there is a crowd of people involved.

&#34We’re looking at both of yesterday’s incidents to see if any offences were committed,&#34 Mr Grenfell says.

Wellington Police have already this year charged people for stunts during protest action including climbing fences, throwing items and burning flags.