New Zealand First MP Mark Patterson has criticized vegan activists who protested at the Countdown St. Luke’s supermarket in Auckland. The protesters stood in front of the meat section and demanded shoppers stop eating meat.
Mr Patterson was not pleased by what he saw, tweeting: “What's the world coming to, good law-abiding meat-eaters being harassed by an iron-deficient mob”.
The MP elaborated on his Twitter comment to Newshub, saying: “I absolutely support their right to protest but this appeared to be deploying totally uncalled for intimidation of innocent shoppers”.
Mr Patterson said he doesn't have a problem with vegans in general, but he doesn't like people trying to aggressively impose their beliefs on others. He believed people should be able to purchase meat without facing harassment.
The protesters were asked by supermarket staff to leave but ignored the request multiple times, hence the police had to be called.