Extinction Rebellion swarm, 19 May

Last Thursday some of us joined Extinction Rebellion Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington in a swarm on the streets outside Parliament. With protest signs upheld, we did a circuit around two Molesworth Street intersections, stopping traffic at for around five seconds each time.

At the first swarm, delayed motorists tooted their horns as expected. At the second swarm, one particularly belligerent driver continued to roll into one of the protesters (who is unhurt). At the third, drivers in both oncoming lanes did this. I personally found this very concerning (but then, I am a newbie at disruption tactics).

We hoped the affected drivers stopped thinking about how inconvenienced they were, long enough to consider why we were doing this in the first place.