Today there was a small protest outside Parliament. No big deal in my books, people protest about stuff all the time. On this occasion, a New Zealand flag was burned. The protestors were pro-republican, and they believe that we should not have a monarch as head of state (hence the burning of the flag, which contains a Union Jack because of our ties to the British Empire, now the British Commonwealth). The protestors also had photos of New Zealand politicians including the current and former Prime Minister, and cut their heads off. Granted, that’s tasteless, but nobody interpreted it as a threat.
This is what the news story says: “Parliamentary Service said the protest was unauthorised and police were investigating.”
Police? Unauthorised? Am I to understand that this protest would need to be authorised by the people at whom it was directed?