FRONTLINE 2: The NZ Parliament protest: What the cameras in the crowd witnessed
Commentary: Aotearoa New Zealand’s Parliament grounds have been reclaimed. All the streets around the buildings are again open to the public. Te Āti Awa have held a karakia to reinstall the mauri of the land. There is currently a rāhui over the Parliament grounds. It is time for healing. And moving on, writes a Māori Television videographer on reflection about the unprecedented hate directed at news media during the three-week occupation by anti-public health measures protesters. But after the unprecedented chaos that ended in a riot on Day 23—2 March 2022—he quotes a journalist who said, ‘I was feeling sad ... And then I look at Ukraine and realise there are bombs going off next to all these journalists and camera operators. I got hit with a camping chair and am I going to sit around and complain about it?'
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