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"Absolutely disgraceful" scenes on Corona demos: Police allegedly attacked with acid

Violence at corona demonstrations is escalating more and more frequently – also in New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern chooses harsh words.

Wellington – In New Zealand, the situation surrounding the corona demonstrations continues to worsen. Now protesters against vaccination have attacked the police with alleged acid. Demonstrators threw a “stinging substance” at officers during clashes near Parliament in the capital, Wellington, the police reported on Tuesday (February 22, 2022), according to the afp news agency. Three officers had to be hospitalized as a result. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern lamented “absolutely disgraceful” scenes.

The clashes happened as police set up roadblocks. She is trying to seal off a protest camp run by opponents of vaccination. Police Representative Richard Chambers blamed a “certain group within the protest” for the “appalling” alleged acid attack. The three police forces would “recover well” in the hospital. But this “violence and aggression” will not be “tolerated”.

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Prime Minister Ardern said on Tuesday she was concerned the protests were becoming increasingly violent. “The attacks on the police are absolutely shameful,” she said. “I would advise anyone who thinks they are part of a peaceful protest to leave the area.” (slo/afp)

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