First march since the Wellington debacle, and Christchurch Freedom Camp remains strong!
Having arrived pretty early, the author thought he’d spend some time at the publicly owned and funded Canterbury Museum just down the road from the camp. Wrong! Now why the fark should one require a Vaccine Pass to enter a damned museum? This is EXACTLY the kind of totalitarian CRAP we are protesting against!
After three weeks of continuous occupation at Freedom Square (formerly Cranmer Square) the site is thriving. It is clean, tidy and well organised, with plenty of portaloos, rubbish skip, and food prep areas. Schooling, prayer, exercise and play facilities to cater for all residents young and old were in evidence. The cleanliness and respect for the land went so far as to move tents around regularly to allow grass to recover. Very impressive.
Before the protestors headed out, the usual “peaceful protest” message was given special emphasis, bearing in mind Parliament was still fresh in everyone’s minds and feelings understandably still raw. Much of the talk around the gathered masses revolved around the tragic end of the Wellington protest camp. For anyone who has not seen Chantelle Baker’s invaluable recorded livestream, here’s the link:
While I didn’t hear mention of attendance figure estimates, having attended many of these marches now I’d estimate maybe 7 or 8 thousand, a drop on last week, but to be expected as many “mum and dad protestors” may be wary after the media coverage at parliament cast a shadow over things.
Derek Tait was on fine form, and appropriately had two special guest speakers in the form of retired Police officers expressing strong disapproval of police handling of the situation in Wellington.
Next week the protest returns to the alternative venue at North Hagley Park, marching up Papanui Road to Riccarton Mall and a stop outside the mall for speeches.
I will not be there due to an important family commitment, but be assured this is only a temporary break, and as long as The Freedoms And Rights Coalition continues to hold these important and impressively organised events I’ll be there both for Uncensored readers and for my children’s futures. Don’t be fooled guys: Jacinda says the mandates will soon be over, but the Covid-19 Public Health response Act (section 11) is something you all here in NZ should be aware of! Now is not the time to give up! Stay strong and stand tall.