Liberty Occupation, New Zealand Parliament
New Zealand Police escalated their siege strategy shortly before 6am Wednesday 2 March, when approximately 200 police, located themselves at four points around the perimeter of the occupied zone that surrounds the beleagured nation’s Parliament.
Police in entered the north western end of Parliament Grounds and positioned themselves on the forecourt of the Parliament Library.
The main frontline formed by police is on the intersection at Molesworth, Hill and Aitken streets, which was the scene of the sudden and unnecessary use of riot shield-wielding police the previous week on Tuesday 22 February.
Police, with riot shields, also formed a cordon on Featherston Street at the back of the Victoria’s University’s Law Faculty. which is inside the occupied territory. A fourth cordon was formed on the intersection of Lambton Quay and Whitmore and Bowen Street. These two cordon were diversions.
At approximately 8:30am, police with riot shields pushed forward against a line protesters at the top of Molesworth Street. A fraccas ensued, which result in one policeman being pulled away from the police line and to the ground by an outdoor paddling pool.
With panicked looks on their faces, some police rushed forward to attempt to retrieve him while he was under a pile of men. A few moments later the policeman emerged and he scurried back to the police line.
Some police officers tried to continue down Molesworth Street in the direction of the outdoor camp kitchens. But there were repelled when a protester shot a burst of white gas from fire extinguisher.
A helicopter has patrolled from the sky since shortly before 6am.