One unfortunate thing that's come out of this in New Zealand, though, is that the protests broke our lockdown rules, and our leaders are trying to walk a tightrope of "we understand the reasoning" and "but we can't condone putting themselves and others at risk."
And I get it. It's unfortunate. And I hope anyone who went to the large gatherings is doing self-isolation to protect themselves and their loved ones, just in case.
But some of our officials--and our most right leaning party, ACT--have had this response of: "Ugh, this is so unfair to the small businesses who have been following the lockdown rules all this time."
Fuck off you ghouls this isn't about you. Sit down and shut up for once.
Our takeaway from this should be that the _only_ thing that got New Zealanders to break lockdown procedures was anger over racial injustice. That's the kind of country we are. Instead of complaining about how that's unfair to small businesses and the economy, how about we have a conversation about racism in New Zealand? How about the government does an education based push on what non-white people have to deal with here?
@Lexi This... sounds pretty tame compared to what our right-leaning parties have been doing.
-looks at how Trump responded to the protests by saying he was gonna declare antifa a terrorist organization-
But umm, yeah, your far-right party seems pretty much in line with our "left" party, the Democrats, with regards to the rhetoric.
@KitsuneAlicia Yeah, we thankfully don't have anything close to the republican party here. Still, while I'm pretty happy with our current government, I loathed our previous prime minister and hope we can keep pushing more left. Literally nothing coming out of National or ACT has been good lately. Every step of the way they've been like, "Maybe we should end the covid lockdown early, huh? Huh?"
Hilariously, National's leader had to step down after the public backlash over this.
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