Resistance Kiwi believes in peaceful resistance. The only way to make meaningful and lasting change in our country is through non-violent demonstrations.
It is extremely regrettable that a few people decided to respond non-peacefully against the Police at Parliament on Wednesday 2 March. We do not condone that behaviour because it sets back our legitimate cause in the long-term. It was equally regrettable to have witnessed some equally thuggish and over-reaching aggression towards protestors.
The beginning and the end of the day were two extremely contrasting pictures.
At the beginning of the day, it was the people who had been at Camp Freedom for weeks on end, trying to communicate with the country’s leaders. These people would mostly be over the age of 40, with many in their 50s, 60s and 70s, standing for freedom and peacefully resisting the police as best they could, despite being pepper sprayed and assaulted by some thuggish police officers.
At the end of the day, however, it was not people who had come on the convoy or from the supporting groups. It was people who came to Parliament that day deliberately to cause violence. Whether they were paid to do that or were just violent agitators we may never know, but these were not the people who stood, day in and day out, at Parliament seeking a peaceful end to the mandates.
Resistance Kiwi spent time at Camp Freedom every single day, and none of our people remember seeing them there previously. We did not recognise those people as being part of the core group of Camp Freedom and those supporting the convoy.