Friday, 11 February 2022 - 9:03pm |

UPDATE – Protest activity, Parliament grounds

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Statement attributable to Superintendent Corrie Parnell, Wellington District Commander:

Police continue to work through the complexities of the protest activity at Parliament grounds.

There have been no arrests today.

Trying to engage with key protest group leaders has been ineffective due to the vast array of interest groups and their conflicts with each other.

Police will maintain a highly visibile presence at Parliament grounds overnight.

Molesworth Street remains blocked by over 100 vehicles including large trucks, campervans and cars.

Police are working on options to work with tow truck companies to have the vehicles removed, however there have been concerns from tow-truck operators, who have been threatened by protesters.

Police sympathise with their position and we are exploring our options.

A number of additional tents and marquees have appeared on the grounds today and Police are again urging protesters to remove them.

We are also working with the council to address the food trucks and other facilities that have been set up in the vicinity.

Police note the weather is due to be inclement throughout the weekend, making conditions challenging for our staff and protesters.

The blocked roads are extremely disruptive to both businesses and the public, free and safe movement around the city continues to be our priority.

Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area over the weekend.


Issued by the Police Media Centre