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thisquality received reports Conspiracy Theorist Billy Te Kahika has been arrested while attending his own illegal lockdown rally in Auckland.
During the early stages, it was understood he arranged an illegal gathering outside TVNZ HQ between Victoria and Hobson streets opposing a recent Covid-19 Alert Level 4 restriction change. About 60 people appeared.
Mr Kahika was taken into custody at around 12.42pm.
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He was not wearing a mask and encouraging others to break the rules posing a public health risk to the community.
In a prior live stream posted to his Facebook page earlier in the day, it was assumed that authorities agreed with him that the attending was getting a ‘go-ahead' — it did not seem so true after all.
Image: CC/ Ministry of Health
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during today's Covid-19 press conference was asked about his illegal protest holding and arrest.
“I actually don't want to let the action of small numbers characterise everyone, that's just not the case,” she said.
“It is disappointing that some choose to put others at risk. For the most part the team of five million are doing their bit.”
Conspiracy Theorist Vinny Eastwood, the producer for Mr Kahika, was also arrested.
They and a two others involved will be held in a cell overnight at the Auckland Custody Unit and attend a Court hearing via audio link on Thursday. Potentially facing charges under the Covid-19 Public Health Response Act.
Failing to comply with a Covid-19 order can result in imprisonment for a set term not exceeding 6 months or a fine not exceeding $4,000.
If the person does anything specified as an infringement offence in a [Covid-19] order, it is liable to an infringement fee of $300 or a fine imposed by a court not exceeding $1,000.
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