Wellington Scoop

1000 at ‘Black Lives Matter’ rally in grounds of Parliament

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RNZ photo

In Wellington tonight, more than 1000 people attended a Black Lives Matter vigil in protest against the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and to remember others who have been killed by the police.

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RNZ photo

Organisers welcomed people into Parliament grounds with hand sanitiser and messages about social distancing.

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DomPost: Wellington crowd hears list of names of people killed by US police

There were also rallies in Auckland and Christchurch. The Auckland protestors marched down Queen Street to a gathering in Aotea Square.

In the United States, protests continued for a sixth night, in thirty cities.


  1. Jamie, 2. June 2020, 10:24

    Lucky there were only 500 people in wellington making a mockery of the level 2 rules. How much social distancing covid app tracing was done? George F was terribly treated but surely the people who attended and organised this gathering need their heads read about what the level 2 rules mean.

  2. Alf the Aspirational Apterxy, 2. June 2020, 13:00

    Why are the organizers of the protests, which appear to have violated the Level 2 regulations, not being prosecuted? This is a matter of strong public interest whether you are sympathetic to the protests or not.

  3. John M, 2. June 2020, 22:46

    So many of our population have done it tough and stuck to the Covid 19 rules in a very noble display of a united and focussed community. So well have the vast majority performed it looks like we may be on top of the threat. Then these people ignore the level 2 rules and do what they like. Might be a just cause, but valuing and preserving lives in our country is of immense importance and to disregard that l’m afraid is inexcusable.

  4. Moo the Cow, 7. June 2020, 14:14

    Gatherings like this will show how correct and relevant distancing laws are. Yes, they could lead to a rise in infections. On the other hand, they could show that the need for lockdowns and distancing are overblown.