A group of shouting protesters have chased New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s van down a driveway as she visited a Christchurch primary school, amid tensions over increasingly volatile anti-vaccine mandate protests.
The crowd shouted “shame on you” and “traitor, and held up signs saying that the prime minister would be “put on trial” and “held responsible.”
TVNZ deputy political editor, Maiki Sherman, who was attending the event, reported that parents and teachers at the school were “visibly upset.”
The mood of the gatherings has darkened over time, and rhetoric from some protesters has included violent threats against politicians, scientists, and journalists.
Last month, Ardern’s vehicle was chased and forced onto a curb by anti-vaccination protesters calling her a Nazi and yelling obscenities.
Asked about the incident at the time, Ardern said it was “just another day.”
“At no point was I worried about my safety or the safety of anyone that was with me,” Arden said.
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