- Only one person attended an anti-lockdown rally in Auckland, New Zealand, on Friday.
- Police turned up after an Instagram account urged people to go to the protest.
- The person in attendance chose to leave after police showed up.
Police in Auckland, New Zealand, were sent to manage an anti-lockdown rally on Friday — but only one person showed up.
Officers were alerted to the protest after an Instagram account called on people “who see the bigger picture” to get involved, Newshub reported. It is unclear who was behind the account.
“Police have been in the area and have spoken to one person who arrived intending to attend the protest,” a spokesman for the police force said, according to The Guardian. “Police spoke to the individual who was encouraged to comply with alert level four restrictions and chose to leave.”
The country went into a snap lockdown on August 17 after a man tested positive for COVID-19. On Friday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a briefing that the lockdown would be extended for another four days, until August 31.
Officials are worried that the contagious Delta variant will continue to spread in the country, which has had a slow vaccine drive.
So far, New Zealand has fully vaccinated 21.3% of its population, according to Johns Hopkins University. The world average is about 25%, according to Oxford University’s Our World in Data.
Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city and the epicenter of the outbreak, will “likely” be under the nation’s strictest level of lockdown, Level 4, for at least another two weeks, health officials said.
The failed anti-lockdown rally comes a week after nearly 100 people gathered in the capital to protest against Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s decision. Four people were arrested at this rally, the BBC reported.