New Zealand Anti-Vaccine Mandate Protesters Camps Inside the Wellington Legislature’s Grounds

New Zealand anti-vaccine mandate protesters demanding an end to coronavirus restrictions and vaccine mandates camped inside the Wellington legislature’s grounds and vowed to stay “as long as it takes” on Wednesday.

“We’re here as long as it takes. It feels very intimidatory here today, it feels like the police are trying to incite violence, but it won’t come from us,” Aucklander Sel Currie said, adding he had no plans to leave the capital.

Reports said police arrested three protesters after trying to breach the police line as supporters chanted “let them through,” but officials said the event remained largely peaceful.

New Zealand would now require mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for people working in health, law enforcement, education, and defense, and those who refuse vaccination would risk getting fired. 

The government also required proof of vaccination when entering restaurants, sports events, and religious services.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday, in her first parliamentary speech for 2022, that the COVID-19 pandemic will not end with the Omicron variant, and New Zealand will have to prepare for more variants of the virus this year. 

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