Farmers, conspiracy theorists and others supporting anti-climate change group Groundswell NZ tooted their horns around the country today.
They could not protest as planned for August 20 due to Covid-19 community cases of the Delta variant and Alert Level 4 restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus — instead, they decided to create a racket as a plan B aimlessly achieving nothing but entertaining their own carelessness.
For two minutes, it went on, and as per usual, some flouted the rules for the experience.
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A video posted to social media shows two off-road vehicles at the landmark sign in Bluff breaching the rules.
At Alert Level 4, all transport and travel are restricted for a reason.
Travel is only allowed for essential purposes such as going to a supermarket or getting medicine, getting tested or vaccinated; working as an essential worker.
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One deranged individual, Brad Flutey from Outspoken, tends to rant about almost anything and get up the sleeves of the fake news show Counterspin to spread his propaganda. Friday, he was wearing his yellow vest jacket and in support of Groundswell.
He took it a step further by going on a field trip drive to prove he's protesting. And, of course, it had to be live-streamed to his Facebook page that contains anti-lockdown anti-vaccine content.
“This is for you, Groundswell. This is for our farmers, our tradies. And people who drive fuel vehicles. Utes. The Government doesn't want to listen to us,” he said.
“Not sure how long this is meant to go for — maybe I will just keep it up until I get to my local. This is all within the restriction guidelines. It doesn't say anything about tooting your horn while driving.”
“I think this is a little bit more ballsy than doing it from home where nobody can hear you. If you are going to protest, someone has to hear it.” — Adding he's never heard his horn go on for so long, describing it as interesting.
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Toward the end of Mr Flutey's stream, he says he has a face mask exemption paper so he can go into a supermarket without a mask. Using an exemption for a non-valid reason only encourages others to break the rules and is terrible.
Alert Level 4 restrictions were applied to prevent the spread of the virus so New Zealanders can get back to normality quicker.
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.
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