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PM Jacinda Ardern expressed her view of the protesters in Washington, D.C, but she couldn’t make one comment about a prison riot that happened in New Zealand for six long days.
“I share the sentiment of friends in the US – what is happening is wrong,” Ardern wrote.
“Democracy – the right of people to exercise a vote, have their voice heard and then have that decision upheld peacefully should never be undone by a mob.”
Ardern went to the extent to say she has no doubt about Democracy ‘prevailing’ — “Our thoughts are with everyone who is as devastated as we are by the events of today. I have no doubt democracy will prevail.”
Democracy – the right of people to exercise a vote, have their voice heard and then have that decision upheld peacefully should never be undone by a mob. Our thoughts are with everyone who is as devastated as we are by the events of today. I have no doubt democracy will prevail.
— Jacinda Ardern (@jacindaardern) January 7, 2021
When the riots started at Waikeria Prison and continued for six long days, Ardern was happily on holiday, leaving no comment about the situation.
If a PM can comment on Democracy ‘prevailing’ they must take on the toughest actions they can enforce by not ignoring certain situations for their benefits.
Accountability is a key factor in ensuring a PM of a country, specifically New Zealand, addresses all concerns and not just ones for an agenda to-play.
PM Ardern ended off 2020 with an Instagram photo of fireworks lighting the sky up.
“It’s not often I stay up to see the new year in these days,” she wrote. “I wanted to make sure I saw the back of 2020. 😊To everyone who helped us get through this year, thank you.”
The PM mentioned there were many challenges ahead. She felt more ‘confident’ than ever to take them on. “While there are plenty of challenges ahead, I feel more confident than ever that we’re all up for it. Happy New Year Aotearoa!”
Yet Ardern never addressed the challenges that she was more ‘confident’ than ever to take on.
A fire was spotted inside the main watchtower at the prison causing concern of what really is going on behind the bars.
An unannounced inspection of the facility took place during August of 2020. The prison is reportedly in bad condition according to the Ombudsman from a published report.
The report reads prisoners were double-bunked in cells that can hold only one inmate. A lacking of natural light and inadequate ventilation systems were added. The unit was no longer fit for its purpose of housing inmates.
Eventually, it took Waikeria Prison inmates to surrender and conclude after an intense dialogue to not continue the in-protest.