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Fmr Defence Minister: Govt needs to think twice before bringing military in to deal with protest

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Publish Date
Fri, 18 Feb 2022, 8:59am
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Fmr Defence Minister: Govt needs to think twice before bringing military in to deal with protest

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 18 Feb 2022, 8:59am

A former Defence Minister says the Government needs to think twice before bringing in the military to deal with the protest at Parliament. 

Police have requested support from the Defence Force to tow illegally parked vehicles. 

It comes amid fears the protest could continue for several months. 

Former National MP Jonathan Coleman told Mike Hosking bringing in New Zealand troops to deal with New Zealand citizens, could draw comparisons to Belfast in the 1970s. 

“The Government’s now got this situation, a replay of Bastion Point on the other hand and then the alternative doesn’t look very pretty either. So, yeah, they could tow a few vehicles but they’d have to be very, very careful.” 

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