NZ authorities show no mercy, weaponise Barry Manilow ballads to repel truck protest

Truck protests are spreading as quick as Omicron itself. The protests are variously in opposition to vaccine mandates, ongoing Covid-related restrictions and face masks. Moneyback are definitely serving to to galvanise a weary global electorate after 2 years of lockdowns and precautionary mandates. But even the Canadians haven’t stooped to the sheer terror inflicted on NZ truckies and different protesters who have gathered outside the NZ parliament in Wellington.
Starting with the ‘Freedom Convoy’ in Quebec, Canada, the idea of blocking streets and essential truck commerce routes is turning into a global phenomenon. There are now Be the first in Paris, Bangkok, Canada and, now, Wellington in New Zealand.
But NZ authorities have discovered a new and cruel weapon to use towards the truckers – Barry Manilow. At least a loud and repeated playlist of his hits on a 15 minute rotation blasted out at excessive volume. They’ve additionally thrown within the dance hit ‘Macarena’ to mix it up with ‘Mandy’ and ‘Could It Be Magic’ to assist repel the truck rallies.
In response the truckies are firing again with their own musical weapon, Twisted Sister and “were not going to take it’.
Whilst the NZ authorities are resisting rolling out their riot police and squads of uniformed policeman to maneuver on the protests, they unleashed the uncooked power of a Barry Manilow power ballad to do the hard work for them.
It seems Barry’s big songs weren’t as massive a deterrent as they have been hoping (some Manilow fanboys in the ranks of New Zealand’s truck driving fraternity?), so Parliamentary speaker Trevor Mallard obtained the police to activate the sprinklers to assist “dampen” the protests in Wellington.
But the protesters merely dug their very own trenches and rerouted the irrigation techniques (Barry did do a rendition of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ which may have complimented slo-mo video of the truckers in their wet T-Shirts frolicking under the sprinklers, but no…).
Instead the protesters trucked in bales of hay to absorb the water. Mr. Ballard also took responsibility for the heavy-handed and brutal use of the Manilow ballads.
So if Barry Manilow can’t deter these persistent truck protests, WHAT possibly could?
The protest, inspired by the Canada truck convoys and protests, began final Tuesday, however the numbers waned because the week progressed.
Last Thursday NZ police arrested 122 individuals, charging many of them with trespassing or obstruction.
But numbers have picked up over the weekend again (presumably BYO ear plugs).
According to the NZ Herald, among the protesters’ grievances is the requirement in NZ that some staff have to be vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19, including academics, docs, nurses, police and army personnel.
New Zealand has been spared the worst of world Covid pandemic after it closed its borders early, applied strict lockdowns, and has maintained an ‘almost’ zero-Covid coverage to limit the unfold of the virus.
The southern nation has reported only 53 Covid-related deaths amongst its population of 5 million.
As Barry Manilow once said of his own music… “I assume my music is like anchovies – some folks like it, some folks get nauseous.”

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