August 04, 2021
Billy TK mounts mini-riot
Billy Te Kahika Jr couldn’t get voters to send him to parliament, and his attempt to emulate Donald Trump’s failed insurrection was met with similar failure today.
The musician turned social media conspiracist and about 200 supporters bearing Trump 2020 and QAnon banners, anti-vaccine placards and tino rangatiratanga flags staged a noisy protest on parliament’s steps today.
“Beehive clean up in progress,” one placard read, but it was Mr Te Kahika who got led away by parliament security.
Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi says he’s concerned about Māori being swayed by anti-vax conspiracies,
"Everybody has to do their due diligence and we have always stood by mana ōrite, which is making sure we have all the information. The next part of that is about protecting our whakapapa, and you've got to make the decision about how we protect our whakapapa, and the last one was about mana motuhake, so one we've got all those things in line we can make the informed decisions about whether you get the Covid-19 jab or not," Mr Waititi says.
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