AS A certain mania overtakes the government of Peter O’Neill, his chief secretary Isaac Lupari has claimed that there are people behind the current university protests who are not students but agitators with sinister purposes.
Radio New Zealand International is reporting that Lupari has warned that people attempting to commit illegal acts as part of attempts to hijack student protests will face the full force of the law.
Talking of social media, which has grown to be a major bogey man for Peter O’Neill, Lupari said activists are not students but agitators who have no interest in student matters.
“There is big money involved in manufacturing protest for people of dubious intent,” Lupari alleged in a statement released tonight.
He warned the public that they were at risk of being fooled into participating in a broader political campaign.
"Make no mistake, the agitators behind proposed protest are not students, but have much more sinister purposes," he said.
He added that, due to the serious nature of threats of violence, the National Security Advisory Committee will convene to discuss the matter.
Issuing a threat of his own, Lupari added that “the government will consider certain powers that can be used against this behaviour."