Bridges condemns climate protest vandalism
National Party leader Simon Bridges is criticising protesters for vandalising his Tauranga electorate office.
In a tweet, Simon says he respects the global environment protest group's right to protest, but not when it comes to defacing people's property.
I respect your right to protest Extinction Rebellion but not when it comes to defacing people’s property as you’ve done to my electorate office overnight. pic.twitter.com/1C7R9tkHz6— Simon Bridges (@simonjbridges) November 30, 2019
A member of Extinction Rebellion Aotearoa has posted on Facebook that Simon told the group in October that rather than target the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment over the Austrian-based oil company OMV, it should target the government instead.
Doug Doig says in response, the group brought their protest right to his doorstep.
In a post on Facebook, he said it was time to get vocal on what "dirty oil" was doing to New Zealand.
"This is a climate and ecological emergency - we need people like National Party leader Simon Bridges to tell the truth about the state of things. We need to move out of fossil fuels and into a new, justice- based vision of Aotearoa."