Huge anti-lockdown crowd marches through Auckland streets

Source: 1News

For the third time in six weeks, a large number of anti-lockdown protesters have met at Auckland Domain.

As with previous events, people have been expressing their dislike of Covid-19 restrictions and the vaccine rollout.

Some people are wearing masks, while others are not. 

Police say up to 5000 people gathered in the Domain, in breach of Alert Level 3 restrictions, and prosecutions are likely to follow in the coming days. 

Anti-lockdown protesters at Auckland Domain on October 30.

The event, organised by The Freedoms and Rights Coalition, then saw protesters march through the streets of Newmarket. 

People protesting at Auckland Domain on October 30.

Following the first rally, Destiny Church's Brian Tamaki and another man, Paul Thompson, pleaded not guilty to organising and attending the protest on October 2.

After the second rally on October 16, Tamaki was charged with failing to comply with a Covid-19 Public Health Response Act order and Alert Level 3 order, and police also say he also breached bail conditions.

He again entered not guilty pleas. 

He was not seen at today's rally, although his wife Hannah did speak. 

Two other people - a 44-year-old woman and 36-year-old man - were summonsed to appear in court next month, on charges of organising and attending the two gatherings, in breach of Alert Level 3 restrictions.