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Police Commissioner: Officers will take a softly-softly approach to Parliament protest

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 16 Feb 2022, 8:20am
Police Commissioner Andrew Coster. (Photo / Pool)
Police Commissioner Andrew Coster. (Photo / Pool)

Police Commissioner: Officers will take a softly-softly approach to Parliament protest

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 16 Feb 2022, 8:20am

Police continue to take a softly-softly approach to the protest at Parliament. 

The lawn in front of the Beehive is covered in tents, straw, mud, leaking Portaloos, and rubbish bags. 

The surrounding streets are full of cars, campervans and trucks, which are blocking businesses and Victoria University. 

Police Commissioner Andrew Coster told Mike Hosking police won't be imposing a state of emergency, which could force tow truck companies to help, like in Canada. 

“What we’ve seen overseas is that escalation adds to anger and resentment but doesn’t necessarily close out the underlying problems.” 

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