Six arrested after BOP protest outside council
Six people have been arrested following a protest in Tauranga.
Police were called to a gathering of people outside the Tauranga City Council chambers on Willow Street on Tuesday morning.
Police Commissioner Andrew Coster says the Tauranga protest was one of a number police responded to on Tuesday.
"Police responded to anti-lockdown protests involving small groups outside government and local council buildings around the country, resulting in 19 arrests for failing to comply with Alert Level 4 restrictions.
"The protestors were spoken to by police at each location."
In Northland, two people were arrested – one each outside the Kaikohe and Whangārei council buildings.
The Whangārei protestor was subsequently released and issued with an infringement notice.
In Auckland, four people were arrested at a small protest outside Government House in Epsom.
Two infringement notices were also issued, says Coster.
Waikato Police arrested three people for failing to comply with the Health Order after responding to a group of protestors gathered in Civic Square, Hamilton.
Six people were arrested by Bay of Plenty Police following a gathering outside the Tauranga City Council building.
"Another small gathering was reported in Taupo, with one arrest made," says Coster.
Central District Police responded to small groups of protestors outside council buildings in New Plymouth, Whanganui and Manawatū.
Two people were arrested at the Whanganui protest.
A demonstration also took place outside the council building in Nelson.
"Police engaged with protestors and no arrests were made."
In Christchurch, one person was arrested following a protest also outside a council building.
While these protests were small, the actions of those involved are very disappointing, says Coster.
"While protest is a normal feature of a well-functioning democracy, Police have a low tolerance for anyone who deliberately ignores the restrictions in the current situation.
"Tuesday’s arrests reflect that.
"The alert level is in place to protect us all and we need everyone to do their part."