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Black Lives Matter protests risky amid COVID-19 spike: Aus Minister

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Angelica Ojinnaka

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.

In our insane, upside down, environment when the term "racist" is used to describe someone with opposite or opposing views, we have the dichotomy that if you proclaim " All Lives Matter", you are considered a racist.

Another attendee who was arrested, Bundjalung woman Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts, said all protesters had complied with COVID safety regulations.

A petition with 100,000 signatures was later delivered to parliament calling for justice for Indigenous man David Dungay Jr.

Mr Dungay, aged 26 and a diabetic, died in December 2015 after five prison officers stormed his Sydney jail cell to stop him eating biscuits.

"I never really recognised Aboriginal deaths in custody until it happened to our family".

The appeal court, which will hand down its reasons soon, on Monday dismissed a challenge to Justice Ierace's decision.

The giant letters spelling out Black Lives Matter were painted overnight right before Juneteenth and the Trump rally.

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