Security staff at the Employment Court removed a man from a courtroom this morning after he attempted to speak to scientist Dr Siouxsie Wiles’ legal team.
The man entered the courtroom in Auckland during a break in proceedings around 11.30am. He approached Wiles’ lawyer Catherine Stewart before security quickly intervened and led him out by the arm.
He was led out of the building on Federal St in Auckland and was heard telling security officers he had wanted to give evidence to the legal team. Stewart appeared rattled by the encounter.
It came after a separate security incident on Tuesday, when a person came on to the University of Auckland campus asking to speak to Wiles.
I believe Dr Siouxsie Wiles is a public health hero.
Her ability to explain the vaccination policy in clear precise language that was immediately accessible to many Kiwis and her willingness to provide light in the dark and the fear of the pandemic mark her out as a uniquely brave voice that provided so much support to so many.
The manner in which she has been vilified by the unhinged, the frightened, the stupid, the misled and the evil has been a low point for our culture.
As a public academic, Dr Siouxsie Wiles had an obligation to step up into the public arena, because that is the role of public academics!
We look to our Universities to be ale to provide considered and intelligent voices at times of upheaval when we require wisdom.
Dr Siouxsie Wiles did that and the lack of protection the University provided her is criminal!
The fact she has had two security issues occur during this trial highlights how much of a lightening rod she has become for the feral antivaxx movement.
We need more public academics willing to join the public debate, not less and the University’s refusal to provide the level of safety Dr Siouxsie Wiles should have expected generates a chilling effect on free speech.
Dr Siouxsie Wiles fight against Auckland University matters to our debate and the right to protect those voices of reason the mob turns against .
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