Damien De Ment visited by Police for allegedly organising illegal anti-lockdown protest

Damien De Ment visited by Police for allegedly organising illegal anti-lockdown protest

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He's American residing in Aotearoa and in love with Donald J Trump but not so much with New Zealand's Police force that is trying to protect everyone from harm's way during Covid-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions.

New Zealand was put under lockdown due to the Delta variant being identified in the community on August 17. Since then, there's been a number of individuals flouting the rules. They have been arrested and charged as a result.

Conspiracy Theorists Billy Te Kahika and Vinny Eastwood — and a woman — were arrested for hosting an illegal rally on Aug 18 and they faced significant charges in Court the following day for breaching the Covid-19 Public Health Response Act.

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On Friday, Police visited Covid-19 denier and QAnon Trump-era extremist Damien De Ment for allegedly attempting to host an anti-lockdown protest at Aotea Square in Auckland City planned for Saturday.

He called it ‘police intimidation' in a video talking about the encounter posted to his Telegram channel. The country doesn't want to see a super spreader event at the rate of cases of the virus discovered in daily updates. The Delta variant is the reason. Police do not want significant groups of people to protest while health officials do not want to be in a position like Australia.

“I had the Police visit my house and issue me a notice about the intended breach of a lockdown order,” he said.

“This is what the [Police] and the Government are trying to silence [protests]. One of the outcomes of bail conditions is to give up and no longer use social media. This is something I feel is long-term and a big loss.”

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The main motive for him not to go through with the protest after Police visiting is because his self-employment status and having clients would become a financial problem if he was fined for breaching Covid-19 restrictions.

“If I get arrested. Because I am self-employed and I have got clients relying on me, I can't let these people down because I have made a commitment to them. I can't put the risk of my family's personal economy out there because I do not have the means to back myself up,” he said.

“We need to really think about future protest strategies that would make it extremely hard for the Police to be able to counter-act. Right now protesting [outside buildings], it's very easy for [authorities] to go in and grab the leaders that they want to try and cut the heads off these movements.”

As an alleged organiser there was a need to find conditions in the bogus freedom movement and prevent participants from being arrested, adding: “We need to think about this. We need to take down this corrupt f*** Government.

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The foreseeable future doesn't look too bright after authorities prevented his idea to break the restriction rules and put the country at risk of the virus spreading.

People are required to follow the Government’s guidelines and rules provided at their Unite Against Covid-19 website to protect everyone under the restrictions.

Image: SUPPLIED/Telegram

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