A suspect has now been arrested following a sword attack on the Auckland office of New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern.
Ardern is currently out of the country, visiting Antartica.
Reports suggest a person was smashing a hole in the office door and throwing objects before smoke came through the building.
Police have now confirmed a 57-year-old woman has been taken into custody in connection with the incident.
The large knife used appears to be a machete or small sword and was located on the footpath near the office.
Witnesses say an owner of a nearby shop was warned not to “touch the machete handle” as a scene examination was conducted.
The PM is due back in New Zealand late on Friday.
Porn floods Twitter “China” search
Twitter users have been finding it hard to search for information on the social media platform due to an explosion of pornographic spam.
While thousands of protests against extended lockdowns, a digital bot army has roared into action on Twitter, with long-dormant Chinese language accounts suddenly tweeting links to escort services and other adult content.
Anyone trying to track the spontaneous protest movement on Twitter complained about the deluge of spam pornographic content making flooding the search for information.
The China protests come at a time when Twitter’s content and moderation teams have been pared back drastically following Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of the social media giant.
Twitter, along with other international social media services like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, is blocked by Beijing’s internet censors within Mainland China.
Biden silence on China protests
As citizens across China revolt against the country’s “zero Covid” policy, the White House issued a statement about the growing protests.
“‘We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, in the United States and around the world,’ a White House National Security Council spokesperson said in a statement.
‘This includes in the [People’s Republic of China.]’
“‘Zero COVID is not a policy we are pursuing here,’ the spokesperson said.
‘And as we’ve said, we think it’s going to be very difficult for the People’s Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero COVID strategy.’”
Commentators have noted that the statement came from the White House, and not President Biden himself.
Demonstrators are calling on President Joe Biden to take a stance and publicly support their cause.
The protests have continued despite numerous attempts by the Chinese government to quell them.
China protests hit global markets, crypto
The protests in China are having a negative impact on cryptocurrencies and markets around the world.
Bitcoin failed to break its descent and fell more than 3 percent.
The global crypto market cap fell over 2%, sending major cryptos into the red.
Over the last 24 hours, overall crypto market volume grew by 22%.
It comes amid a round of investor nervousness in global markets spurred by protests in China against Covid restrictions.
Protesters outraged by harsh COVID-19 regulations called for China’s strong leader to quit.
China is the world’s second-largest economy and has a significant impact on global financial markets.
Stocks and cryptos aren’t considered safe havens, leading to bearing price action.
Analysts are hoping for a sharp bullish reversal if and when the protests end.
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