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New Zealand plays Barry Manilow to repel parliament protesters

Authorities in New Zealand had been playing Barry Manilow’s finest hits in an attempt to dislodge protesters camped out of doors the parliament building.

Songs by the United States singer are being played on a fifteen-minute loop, in conjunction with the Spanish dance track, Macarena.

The demonstrators, who’re angry at Covid-19 vaccine mandates, responded by playing songs along with Twisted Sister’s We’re Not Gonna Take It.

The protests commenced on Tuesday when a convoy of cars drove to parliament.

Inspired through big rallies against vaccine mandates in Canada, loads of protesters arrived inside the capital, Wellington, to rally in opposition to Covid restrictions.

They adopted the name “Convoy for Freedom” and blocked streets inside the town.

By Wednesday their numbers had dwindled to the dozens, however they accelerated once more on the weekend.

On Thursday police arrested 122 human beings and charged many with trespassing or obstruction.

Tactics used by the authorities to try to take away the protesters concerned turning at the water sprinklers at the garden where they had been camped on Friday.

But protesters retaliated by means of digging trenches and building makeshift drainpipes to re-direction the water, the Associated Press information agency reviews.

With sprinklers proving useless, Parliament Speaker Trevor Mallard settled on a new technique: blasting out Barry Manilow’s greatest hits, which include Mandy and Could It Be Magic, in addition to the 1990s hit Macarena and Covid vaccine messages.

New Zealand has employed strict Covid regulations to incorporate the virus for almost years now. Lockdowns and an global border closure have helped to keep infection and demise numbers very low.

But the period of many regulations – consisting of a minimum 10-day isolation and a vaccine mandate – has fuelled developing resentment within the community.

Public polls have proven increasing dissatisfaction with Jacinda Ardern’s authorities, and there was an boom in protest interest in current months.