Street party comes up Trumps

Otago Daily Times - - DUNEDIN - JOHN LEWIS john.lewis@odt.co.nz

WHO said free­dom of speech was be­ing re­pressed be­cause the world was be­com­ing too po­lit­i­cally cor­rect?

Within min­utes of ap­pear­ing at the Agnew St party dressed like United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, Kiel Soper said it be­came abun­dantly clear his choice of cos­tume wasn’t ev­ery­one’s cup of tea.

There were hun­dreds on the nar­row street, many dressed in stars and stripes or as 1960s peace hip­pies.

Mr Soper (21), of Athol, was one of many peo­ple dressed as ‘‘the Don’’ at the party, and said while most saw the hu­mour in his out­fit, some saw it as an op­por­tu­nity to say what they re­ally thought about Trump.

‘‘I guess he’s such a con­tro­ver­sial fig­ure that peo­ple find it in­ter­est­ing.

‘‘I wasn’t even go­ing to get dressed up for this, but I saw the mask in a store for $20 and I thought, ‘why not?’ ’’

The Agnew St party is con­sid­ered by ter­tiary stu­dents to be the ‘‘ugly step­sis­ter’’ of the Hyde St party.

At its height, about 2000 peo­ple were in the North Dunedin street, prompt­ing po­lice to form a bar­rier and a one­way door pol­icy.

A po­lice spokes­woman said those at the party were gen­er­ally well­be­haved.

Seven males, aged 17­23, were ar­rested for dis­or­derly be­hav­iour and one was ar­rested for pos­ses­sion of can­ nabis, the spokes­woman said.

A St John spokes­woman said only two peo­ple re­ceived mi­nor in­juries at the party and were trans­ported to Dunedin Hos­pi­tal.

The party wound down about 5pm.

PHO­TOS: GRE­GOR RICHARD­SON

Tak­ing it to the street . . . About 2000 peo­ple at­tended the Agnew St party on Satur­day.

Peace out . . . Gina Ast­bury (20, left), of Dar­gav­ille, and Paige Walsh (21), of Dunedin, spread peace­ful vibes.

The Don . . . Kiel Soper dressed as United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

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