Protesters march towards the Newmarket shopping center. No show by Brian Tamaki

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December 4, 2021 Around 2,000 demonstrators march through the shopping streets of Newmarket, seizing Broadway shopping street.

About 2,000 protesters marched through the shopping streets of Newmarket, taking control of Broadway shopping street.

Protesters, who gathered earlier today at the Auckland Estate, reached Newmarket’s largest 277 mall chanting “Jacinda has to go”.

With a helicopter flying overhead, the protest then proceeded to the Governor General’s Residence in Auckland – Government House in Epsom.

Business owners and other members of the public could be seen in store windows, staring in bewilderment at the thousands of people blocking Newmarket’s roads.

Anti-mandate protesters march through the streets of Newmarket today.  Photo / Michael Craig
Anti-mandate protesters march through the streets of Newmarket today. Photo / Michael Craig

It was the first time people gathered to oppose the vaccine mandate since the Aucklanders were released yesterday.

The strict lockdown preventing the opening of the hotel industry ended yesterday after 107 days in the city of 1.7 million people.

Today’s rally was promoted online as the “Mass Exodus” and protesters began to gather at the Auckland Estate at 11 a.m. before marching through the streets of Newmarket.

Protesters near Government House in Epsom.  Photo / Tom Dillane
Protesters near Government House in Epsom. Photo / Tom Dillane

The chants of “freedom” at the Domaine rally made the crowd applaud this morning.

It was the sixth time that demonstrators had gathered at the Estate since the beginning of October.

A teacher told the PA how the situation “really hit home” this week, with unvaccinated people unable to buy coffee at a cafe and purchase other items.

Protesters arrive at Government House in Epsom today.  Photo / Tom Dillane
Protesters arrive at Government House in Epsom today. Photo / Tom Dillane

Brian Tamaki’s brother then took the stage. “I love you my brother,” he said.

He said Brian and Hannah Tamaki would not be in attendance today, but they received a round of applause.

It appears that the police presence is less than in previous protests.

The MC asked people to walk together to Newmarket Mall 277. From there they would walk to the Governor General’s house.

The crowd, which grew until around 2000, began to move.

Protesters walked down George Street along the edge of the estate to Newmarket.

The demonstration was calm, with no reported violence.

Last Saturday, a small group of around 200-300 people gathered in the field and walked to Mercy Hospital in Epsom.

Protesters at the Auckland Estate today.  Photo / Tom Dillane
Protesters at the Auckland Estate today. Photo / Tom Dillane

But that group was not directly aligned with the Freedoms & Rights Coalition, which has ties to Destiny Church and has seen as many as 5,000 people congregate at the Auckland Domain.

The online promotion indicated that the Freedoms & Rights Coalition once again hosted today’s protest.

For the third time in less than two months, controversial Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki was called before a judge on November 23 over new allegations he violated Covid-19 lockdown orders.

The figures gathered at the Domaine today are less numerous than during previous events.  Photo / Michael Craig
The figures gathered at the Domaine today are less numerous than during previous events. Photo / Michael Craig

However, he was allowed to remain on bail with amended bail conditions that explicitly prohibit him from attending protests at the Auckland Domain.

Auckland District Court Judge Steve Bonnar QC, clearly showing his frustration, delivered the ruling hours after Brian Tamaki was summoned to an Auckland police station alongside his wife and co-founder of the Hannah Tamaki Church.

“You skated on very thin ice today,” said the judge. “I have seriously thought about whether you should be remanded in custody.

Anti-containment and anti-vaccine protesters have already met in the Auckland Domain on October 2, 16 and 30 and November 20 and 27.

Except last Saturday, they attracted between 2000 and 5000 people each time.

Yesterday, 39,553 New Zealanders received a vaccine against Covid-19.

Brian and Hannah Tamaki both appeared and spoke on stage at the November 20 protest at the Estate to recognize workers who had lost their jobs for refusing to be vaccinated.

The Auckland War Memorial Museum was closed the last two Saturdays due to the protests.

Crowds at the Auckland Estate Lockdown protest over the past few weeks.  Photo / Brett Phibbs
Crowds at the Auckland Estate Lockdown protest over the past few weeks. Photo / Brett Phibbs

On November 13, the Freedoms & Rights Coalition orchestrated a “Great Gridlock” protest that attempted to block Auckland’s highways with a procession of slow moving vehicles. As a result, traffic was delayed on Auckland’s highways for a few hours.

Brian Tamaki was first brought to justice on October 12, accused of helping to organize and promote an October 2 lockdown protest at the same location.

He was released on bail by Judge Broke Gibson, but on condition that he did not “organize or attend any demonstration in violation of any Covid-19 level requirement” and do not use the Internet for the purpose of ‘organize, assist or encourage non-compliance with the Covid-19 Public Health Response Act 2020 “.

However, he released a statement hours later promoting a follow-up protest at the same location the following weekend. He returned to court about a week later after attending the October 16 protest.


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