On Ash Wednesday, March 2nd, police violently removed the protestors camped outside of Parliament that had been there since arriving by convoy. The protest had arrived at Parliament on 8th February with the initial convoy that came from all parts of the country. People had come to protest against the seemingly never-ending mandates and restrictions placed upon New Zealander's lives for the last two years. It is very likely that Jacinda Ardern, after earlier declaring the protest was not a protest, had decided the protestors must go; and having made her wishes clear, it was inevitable it would be ended by police, no matter what.
As police play for rain, protesters represent the thin end, but there's no wedge | Luke Malpass | Stuff | The political question being asked is whether this protest represents some sort of thinend of the wedge – of a much larger silent majority out there, which the few protesters represent. Or whether it is simply the thin end. It is almost certainly the latter. Over the past couple of years, the Ministry of Health has commissioned Horizon Research to conduct survey about the public’s attitude towards vaccinations. There we have it; the prime blunder in determining how representative of New Zealand the protestors at Parliament might be. As if supporting vaccination somehow translates into supporting vaccination mandates, the segregation of society, the never-ending restrictions and everything else that goes with those major positions of Ardern's government.