. Rhetoric and violence escalates at New Zealand’s vaccine mandate protests « JO LEE MAGAZINE

THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD/The anti-government protests that jolted Canada have been quashed. But 14,000 kilometres away, in the capital of another Western democracy largely unaccustomed to violent tears in the social fabric, an occupation on Parliament grounds has entrenched itself and turned increasingly ominous.

Hundreds of demonstrators opposed to New Zealand’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate are in their third week of encampment in Wellington, erecting tents, illegally parking vehicles and establishing communal kitchens and toilets in a deliberate echo of the Canadian siege.

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