A motley group of around 150 people gathered on the forecourt of Parliament today to demand an end to Covid-19 lockdowns.
The so-called Freedom Rally – led by political killer Billy Te Kahika – began shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon and lasted for about an hour.
Members of the group were holding up banners and placards describing the coronavirus as a scam and decrying vaccines and lockdown measures, echoing online conspiracy theories.
Others waved pro-Trump flags or placards protesting against anything from 1080 pest control to fluoride to the Chinese Communist Party.
Te Kahika told the crowd that they stand together against the “corruption gang” that exists in Parliament.
“We are here so many different ethnicities. We are here as people with different ideals, different beliefs,” he said.
“But we are united for one purpose: to defend our right to choose for ourselves and our families, our whānau, how we will live.”
Te Kahika continued his practice of spreading false information in his speech, including that Covid-19 is no more deadly than winter flu.
Covid-19 has so far claimed the lives of nearly 2 million people worldwide.
Te Kahika also praised the Covid-19 Plan B group, which is advocating against lockdowns, despite the measure helping to successfully eliminate the coronavirus in the New Zealand community.
New Zealand spent nearly five weeks under a strict Level Four lockdown measure last year, then about two more weeks under Level Three.
Auckland returned to level three in August for two and a half weeks after the virus reappeared in the community.