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. They are definitely serving to to galvanise a weary world 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 other protesters who have gathered exterior the NZ parliament in Wellington.
Starting with the ‘Freedom Convoy’ in Quebec, Canada, the concept of blocking streets and necessary truck commerce routes is turning into an international phenomenon. There are actually comparable protests in Paris, Bangkok, Canada and, now, Wellington in New Zealand.
But NZ authorities have found a new and vicious weapon to make use of in opposition to the truckers – Barry Manilow. At Backed and repeated playlist of his hits on a 15 minute rotation blasted out at excessive volume. They’ve also thrown within the dance hit ‘Macarena’ to combine it up with ‘Mandy’ and ‘Could It Be Magic’ to help repel the truck rallies.
In response the truckies are firing back 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 raw power of a Barry Manilow energy ballad to do the exhausting work for them.
It seems Barry’s massive songs weren’t as huge a deterrent as they had been hoping (some Manilow fanboys within the ranks of New Zealand’s truck driving fraternity?), so Parliamentary speaker Trevor Mallard got the police to activate the sprinklers to help “dampen” the protests in Wellington.
But the protesters merely dug their very own trenches and rerouted the irrigation methods (Barry did do a rendition of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ which might have complimented slo-mo video of the truckers of 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 accountability for the heavy-handed and brutal use of the Manilow ballads.
So if Barry Manilow can’t deter these persistent truck protests, WHAT presumably could?

The protest, impressed by the Canada truck convoys and protests, started last Tuesday, but the numbers waned as the week progressed.

Last Thursday NZ police arrested 122 individuals, charging lots of them with trespassing or obstruction.
But numbers have picked up over the weekend once more (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 teachers, medical doctors, nurses, police and military personnel.
New Zealand has been spared the worst of world Covid pandemic after it closed its borders early, implemented strict lockdowns, and has maintained an ‘almost’ zero-Covid policy to limit the unfold of the virus.
The southern nation has reported solely fifty three Covid-related deaths amongst its population of 5 million.
As Barry Manilow as quickly as mentioned of his own music… “I assume my music is like anchovies – some people prefer it, some folks get nauseous.”

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