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Thousands protest lockdown in Sydney, several arrested

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Sydney and other Australian cities to protest lockdown restrictions amid another surge in cases. Police made several arrests after crowds broke through barriers and threw plastic bottles and plants.

7/24/2021 8:31:00 AM

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Sydney and other Australia n cities to protest lockdown restrictions amid another surge in cases. Police made several arrests after crowds broke through barriers and threw plastic bottles and plants.

SYDNEY (AP) — Thousands of people took to the streets of Sydney and other Australia n cities on Saturday to protest lockdown restrictions amid another surge in cases, and police made several arrests after crowds broke through barriers and threw plastic bottles and plants.

There was a heavy police presence in Sydney, including mounted police and riot officers in response to what authorities said was unauthorized protest activity. Police confirmed a number of arrests had been made.New South Wales Police said it recognized and supported the rights of free speech and peaceful assembly, but the protest was a breach of public health orders.

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“The priority for NSW Police is always the safety of the wider community,” a police statement said.ADVERTISEMENTThe protest comes as COVID-19 case numbers in the state reached another record with 163 new infections in the last 24 hours.Greater Sydney has been locked down for the past four weeks, with residents only able to leave home with a reasonable excuse.

“We live in a democracy and normally I am certainly one who supports people’s rights to protest ... but at the present time we’ve got cases going through the roof and we have people thinking that’s OK to get out there and possibly be close to each other at a demonstration,” said state Health Minister Brad Hazzard.

In Melbourne, thousands of protesters without masks turned out downtown chanting “freedom.” Some of them lit flares as they gathered outside Victoria state’s Parliament House.They held banners, including one that read: “This is not about a virus it’s about total government control of the people.”

A car protest rally is also planned in Adelaide, which is also under lockdown, with police warning they will make arrests over unlawful activity. Read more: The Associated Press »

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I tend to agree at this point. Lockdowns are more destructive than good. Let the people decide. The other states have done the right thing all along but not NSW who were told, 'we have to learn to live with the virus,' so how it that working for yas now? Don't think we're going to bail you out either. You flouted your WRONG ideology, now suck it up.

breeadail China is accomplishing its mission of a one world government where it is the nexus of all power. It accomplishes this through its act of war of releasing COVID 19 upon the world. Shame on the CCP. It is the word’s greatest enemy. Now if it was African Americans protesting let them do what they want, destroy, loot, burn, etc

Shall humanity ever truly allow reason to prevail in all our thoughts and actions? cryborg Didn't some of the antimask protests in Oz and London and other places a year ago start as astroturf protests? The danger is that they catch fire with unwitting regular folk. Is that where we're at now? At the whim of those willing to pay for influence fomenting real dissent?

People are garbage A Call to Protect People and Nature! T'h'a'c'k'e'r Pass, Nevada, Thread to Watch/read: Last time people protested the lockdowns, the government arrested every single one of them. All liberty and freedom has been lost in that country. Humans are really dumb…the extinction of our species ladies and gentlemen.

They lockdown hard on minorities areas but the white majority gets to have a Lollapalooza. Let me introduce you to Australia!

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Then mask up, fools. And get vax'd. Shouldn't they throw a shrimp on the barbie? PaulHogan Plants? We’ve got some questions. Arm the police with vaccination darts. That'll get them to disperse. A beautiful sight to behold So called NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller is never present at televised presentations because of his part in the Australian Federal Police conspiracy based at the building at the end of Henderson St. Bondi. Mick Fuller has not left the building for some time.

This world is filled with dangerously stupid people. Let's hope they've all been vaccinated Trowing plants, are people out of their mind, poor plants.😡

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See the thing is that the virus is partisan and if you are protesting BLM etc there is no risk I love the Aussies. In the US we throw rocks and fire bombs. You all throw plants. Australia WORK WITH ME, PEOPLE!! Some have finally had enough of their govt screwing up everything in managing covid while borders were closed. Australia is a big jail right now, oh how history repeat itself

I didn’t know it snowed that much in Australia, that’s a lot of flakes ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️ Well done, Murdoch. Remember when they were bragging about their concerts in December? Pepperidge Farm remembers Anti-maskers are terrible human beings. Saw a video today where a group of them was harassing a cancer victim because she was wearing a mask.

I’m glad the world of finally waking up. Revolt against the dying of the light. Not a single person wearing a mask. Idiots.

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Why can't people just stay fuckin home. How hard is that? Look at this JMacGreens. Look at how many people want their supercars. This is what happens when you take their races from them. Do you really want to be the dunce who takes Newcastle's race? _damien_white_ These people would rather bring infection with them

LOCKDOWN FOREVER FREEDOM NEVER!!! This pandemic has really put the idiots on full display. Always nice to hear that we Americans don't have a monopoly on idiocy. TMW you hate to live your normal life and want to stay in lockdown forever like the rest of the world in solidarity. Politics aside, they threw plants?


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It’s very sad but the fact of the matter is, in a free country, you’re going to have people who exercise their freedoms to be completely and utterly misinformed. I hope they stop letting their fears and insecurities guide them. And it sucks for their kids too 🙁🙁🙁 Lockdowns don’t work Not again.... Not entirely shocked but gotta get vaxxed folks.

Ugh imagine protesting and being angry about health glad our country doesn't do this Lockdowns do NOT work!

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