Police crackdown on anti-lockdown protesters – arrests made

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Updated: Police dealt with three protests opposing the level 4 government-imposed lockdown today.

Four people were arrested in relation to breaching the Health Act notice in Auckland’s CBD, around 100 protesters met outside broadcaster TVNZ, some with placards opposing the lockdown.

Four people were also arrested at an anti-lockdown protest of 20 people outside the Tauranga Police Station.

Police say it made a number of attempts to engage with those gathered outside the station. However, four were taken into custody when they refused to comply with lockdown restrictions.

In Nelson, around 20 protesters met outside a police station there, they were given a verbal warning by police and moved on.

On Thursday 19 August police issued a statement saying: Following a protest in Auckland yesterday, two men, aged 49 and 36, were due to appear in Auckland District Court today, each facing two charges under the covid-19 Public Health Response Act 2020, and one charge under the Search and Surveillance Act 2021.

A 52-year-old woman also arrested is due to appear in Auckland District Court on 25 August facing one charge under the covid-19 Public Health Response Act 2020, and one charge under the Search and Surveillance Act 2021.

Of the four people arrested during protest activity in Tauranga yesterday, three were issued with formal warnings.

A 56-year-old woman is due to appear in Tauranga District Court on 23 August facing one charge under the Health Act 1956.

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