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Political researcher: Lack of leadership at convoy protest makes negotiation difficult

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Publish Date
Fri, 11 Feb 2022, 8:17am
(Photo / Mark Mitchell)
(Photo / Mark Mitchell)

Political researcher: Lack of leadership at convoy protest makes negotiation difficult

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 11 Feb 2022, 8:17am

An absence of any central leadership is making things difficult for police, as they try to wrangle protesters at Parliament. 

There were over 120 arrests yesterday, with many ordered to stay off the site for at least two years.  

As well, two officers were injured and a throng of parking tickets issued to vehicles illegally parked nearby. 

Auckland University political extremism researcher Chris Wilson told Mike Hosking it could take a long time to resolve the situation. 

“The groups are so disparate and the calls are ranging from violence to removing mandates so there’s just too many groups, no real leadership and just really hard to negotiate with.” 

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