FRC march outnumbered

Counter-protesters oppose a Freedom and Rights Coalition march through the city towards the...
Counter-protesters oppose a Freedom and Rights Coalition march through the city towards the Octagon on Saturday. PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON
A march opposing government control, Three Waters and vaccine mandates was outnumbered by counter-protesters in Dunedin on Saturday.

Supporters of the Freedom and Rights Coalition (FRC) marched down Princes St at 11am and were intercepted by more than 100 supporters of AntiFascist Otepoti.

The FRC is known for being associated with Voices for Freedom and Destiny Church, and one of the leaders is Derek Tait, a Destiny Church pastor.

Counter-protesters took up the top of the Octagon, while supporters of the FRC claimed the bottom half.

Ahead of the event, AntiFascist Otepoti spokeswoman Sina Brown-Davis said the march did not represent the values of the wider Dunedin community.

Mr Tait was close associates with white supremacists and neo-Nazis, she said.

The group was intending to hold a positive and peaceful demonstration to show that the politics of hate and division were not welcome in the city.

Mr Tait denied the group was alt-right or fascist.

Police attended the protests and blocked the road through the Octagon.

--  Staff Reporter





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