As far back as 2015 the NZDF has run exercises based on quelling ‘civil unrest’. They practiced with troops from the US, UK, Canada, Australia, the Pacific and elsewhere. Bit familiar isn’t it?
From Pam Vernon EWR
The practice runs, like Event 201. The appearance of the military in the streets of NZ has been going on more in very recent years, frequently joined by international troops. The new ‘global’ policing army as it were. Which of course we are seeing right now in plain sight. This article we posted in 2017 covers a then current exercise called Operation Katipo, and a previous similar one from 2015 that some locals found disturbing.
The aircraft pictured in the article, a Globemaster like that seen in the South Island, I captured myself, flying very low & slow like a hovercraft almost, over the Rangitikei. If you go to the article links below you will see Operation Katipo coverage in the South Island at the time by the Daily Blog.
Martin comments: Thanks to Pam for raising this. Clearly the Powers That Be read their copy of the Lock Step Scenario and prepared for the likelihood of non-compliance and civil unrest. Perhaps they have also observed what’s been the response totalitarian measures in Hong Kong: Pretty messy.
“Lock Step Scenario”? If you aren’t up to speed on that one here’s the document: https://archive.org/details/pdfy-tNG7MjZUicS-wiJb/mode/2up