COVID-19: Thousands of people march in Sydney against latest lockdown restrictions amid rising coronavirus cases

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COVID-19: Thousands of people march in Sydney against latest lockdown restrictions amid rising coronavirus cases


Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Sydney and other Australian cities against the latest round of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions – despite an increase in cases.

The group without a mask walked between the center Sydney‘s Victoria Park and Town Hall, carrying signs demanding “freedom” and “truth”.

Mounted officers and riot police oversaw the COVID-19[feminine[feminine protests, which was previously referred to as an unauthorized protest.

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There have been several arrests in Sydney. Photo: Reuters

Police said a number of arrests had been made, with footage showing protesters on the ground handcuffed by officers.

New South Wales (NSW) Police said they recognized and supported the right to free speech and peaceful protest, but the march was a violation of public health rules, the force said : “The priority (…) is always the safety of the whole community. “

The march came amid an increase in COVID-19 cases in New South Wales, with a record 163 positive tests in the last 24-hour period.

Ongoing lockdown restrictions have been imposed on Greater Sydney four weeks ago, the public being allowed to leave their property only with a reasonable excuse.

State Health Minister Brad Hazzard said: “We live in a democracy and normally I am certainly the one who supports people’s rights to protest… get out there and maybe be close to each other during the protest. ‘event. “

Elsewhere in Melbourne, thousands more marched into the city’s inner city, chanting for “freedom,” with a few flares outside the Victoria State Parliament in the city.

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The protest was condemned by the local Minister of Health. Photo: Reuters

Some posted banners, including one that read, “This is not a virus, but total government control over the population. “

Police had warned residents of Adelaide against forming a car protest in the city, saying if it did, they would make arrests.

Just over 15% of Australia’s population aged 16 and over had received both COVID-19 injections on Friday, figures showed.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: “We have taken the leap, we have solved the problem. We are achieving the goals we need to achieve, one million doses per week are now delivered.

“We are on track to achieve what we want to be by the end of the year and potentially sooner than that. ”

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