Smashing Lockdown Dissent in New Zealand: He’s probably going to jail for 3 months for daring to talk about the lockdowns in public

Here’s what happened, in Vinny’s own words:

Vinny Eastwood and Billy TK were New Zealand’s #1 freedom fighter team during COVID, and stood up to lockdowns on August 18, 2021, in response to a snap lockdown called by the then-Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Police arrest anti-lockdown protester Vincent Eastwood

They got arrested, held for 28 hours in solitary confinement, denied the right to make a phone call, denied the right to stay silent, charged with up to $4,000 in fines and 6 months prison for organizing and attending an outdoor gathering, with a further possible 3 months prison for failing to provide their phone passwords.

Bailed to their homes under house arrest, they could not leave the house, access the Internet, have a mobile phone, or contact each other. Those bail conditions stayed in place for 6 weeks, and they were only able to contact each other over a year later.

Auckland District Court Judge Peter Winter sentenced Billy TK to 5 months in jail and Vinny Eastwood to 4 months, subtracting 1 month for the time they already spent under house arrest.

On July 31, they appear at the High Court in Auckland to appeal the outrageous conviction and sentence.

If ultimately sent to prison, it will send a message around the world that New Zealanders have no rights to freedom of speech or assembly, damaging its international reputation and hopefully wake up New Zealanders and the world—who are on the fence—to how bad things are going to get for all those who speak up worldwide. For if it happens here, it will happen elsewhere, if it hasn’t already.

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