Black Lives Matter protests risky amid COVID-19 spike: Aus Minister
Jul 31 2020
NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing had a brilliant response to the outspoken protester when quizzed about the incident by reporters this afternoon.
This morning, Premier Gladys Berejiklian backed police once again and said people should find another way to protest.
Police have confirmed six people were arrested at Sydney's Black Lives Matter protest earlier today, with five protesters issued with $1,000 infringement notices for breaching the public health order and another issued with a criminal infringement notice for using offensive language. "We understand that the issues that are in question here are significant and are sensitive to a lot of people".
Australia's Health Minister Greg Hunt has warned that Black Lives Matter protests planned for Tuesday could cause COVID-19 spread. "However, we must do what we can to ensure that the public in general are safe at this time".
The NSW Supreme Court ruled on Sunday it was too risky for the protest to go ahead due to a fresh outbreak of coronavirus cases across Sydney, with 14 new infections detected on Tuesday.
As police began making arrests organisers took to Facebook to tell people the rally was over.
NSW Police officers told the remaining demonstrators to disperse from the scene, and organisers urged supporters to no longer meet at The Domain.