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Protesters take to the streets of downtown Auckland

Protesters blocked roads in central Auckland this afternoon for the second time in two weeks and marched previous the principle entrance to town’s hospital.

The Auckland freeway ramp utilized by protesters two weeks in the past was closed at present for one more rally on the Auckland Area.

Aucklanders have been warned to organize for visitors disruption within the central metropolis.

The Brian Tamaki-led Freedom and Rights Coalition gathered on the grounds for a “Kiwi Patriots Day and March” earlier than a crowd of about 1,000 took to the streets round 1:30 p.m.

After passing Auckland Metropolis Hospital and Grafton Bridge, the protesters turned left onto Symonds St, earlier than descending Khyber Go Rd previous the closed driveway and again to the protect, the place the group dispersed.

There have been additionally counter-protesters within the space at present.

Two weeks in the past, about 1,000 coalition members swarmed to Auckland’s southern freeway, inflicting important visitors issues.

Previous to at present’s protest, Waka Kotahi closed each the Khyber Go slip roads – which have been utilized by the protesters final time – and the Symonds St.

A police spokesman has confirmed that the freeway ramps have been closed in reference to the protest actions at Auckland Area.

“We’re working along with Waka Kotahi for this, who has closed the on and off ramps to maintain disruption to a minimal.”

Inspector Jim Wilson beforehand mentioned police would take motion if unsafe or harmful conduct occurred.

“Police are asking the group to be affected person on the roads as we count on there could possibly be some visitors delays and disruptions, particularly close to the protect and surrounding areas.”

The general public is requested to report any conduct to the police by calling 105.

“Police acknowledge the general public’s proper to protest peacefully and lawfully, however we are going to take motion the place needed.”

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