Incredible moment granny confronts a group of anti-vaxx protesters and tries to stop them from rallying by performing a ‘kung-fu move’
- A New Zealand woman has been filmed confronting a group of protesters
- The small woman stepped into the path of the group and braced for impact
- ‘They’re not going to stop, lady,’ bystander can be heard saying in the video
A brave New Zealand woman has been filmed confronting a group of anti-vaxx protesters as they marched through the streets.
In the footage, which was captured during a rally in Nelson, the tiny woman named Jan can be seen stepping out in front of the large crowd.
She held a ‘kung-fu’ pose as the group approached.
‘They’re not going to stop, lady,’ a bystander can be heard saying.
The protesters lifted their banner that read ‘freedom for all Kiwis’ to avoid hitting the woman.
The footage has gone viral and has been hailed as iconic.
Jan has since spoken out about the moment, explaining it was a spur of the moment decision to jump in front of the group.
‘I wanted to cross the street and there they were bearing down on me and I thought I have as much right to be here as you have,’ she told the New Zealand Herald.
‘I didn’t agree with the messages they were giving out. I have friends who are immune compromised who need to be protected from the unvaccinated and from Covid-19.
‘My instinct was I’m going to make a stand and my stand was to say you are wrong.’
In the footage, which was captured during a rally in Nelson, the tiny woman named Jan can be seen stepping out in front of the large crowd
She held a ‘kung-fu’ pose as the group approached. ‘They’re not going to stop, lady,’ a bystander can be heard saying
She said it wasn’t a ‘kung-fu’ move she was doing but a cross, to indicate she did not agree with their actions.
Protests have been breaking out across the country after Jacinda Ardern announced vaccine mandates for teachers and workers in the health and disability sectors.
New Zealand has struggled to fight off an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant, forcing Ms Ardern to move from a strategy of elimination through lockdowns to living with the virus with higher vaccinations.
A group of anti-vaxxers were seen performing a traditional haka during the Freedom and Rights Coalition protest in Wellington
She has pledged to end restrictions only after 90 per cent of the eligible population is inoculated.
That threshold is higher than many other countries and has invited criticism from people calling for more freedoms, while the mandate will be a hurdle for those looking to get back to work but still avoiding the jab.
Police were out in force for the Freedom and Rights Coalition protest in Wellington, New Zealand on Tuesday