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Australia ‘We don't know how many': Sydney Invasion Day rally likely to be well over limit, organisers say

11:31  22 january  2021
11:31  22 january  2021 Source:   smh.com.au

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The organiser of Sydney's Invasion Day rally to be held at the Domain on January 26 has said the march will go ahead and is likely to be well in excess of the COVID-19 legal limit for protests.

Raul Bossi, who was involved the Black Lives Matter protest on June 6 last year after receiving an 11th-hour green light from the Court of Appeal, said the organisers for the upcoming march did not lodge a form to police because they could not guarantee only 500 people would attend.

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Organisers of the Invasion Day rally in Melbourne said they were not campaigning to change the date but that they want Australia Day to be abolished, the Herald Sun reported. Elder Tony Birch said the country was “not mature enough” to celebrate on any day , not just January 26. “This country does not

"We don't know how many people are going to come," Mr Bossi told The Sydney Morning Herald on Friday, saying several thousand people had participated in the January 26 marches in previous years.

"The only thing that we can say is that we are going to do the rally. We've got a right to do it."

In a statement issued on Thursday, NSW Police said the organisation had not received the required form for the protest to go ahead as an authorised event.

"An assembly will be authorised if the organiser serves notice on the Commissioner at least seven days before the assembly and the Commissioner does not oppose the assembly, or the court does not prohibit the assembly," Thursday's statement reads.

But Mr Bossi said he met with police on January 13, when he told them of the difficulties of meeting the current public health requirement of a 500-person cap, and that a further meeting was arranged for January 19, a week from the protest.

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He said police cancelled that Tuesday meeting after phoning him to ask whether a form had been submitted, to which he answered that it hadn't.

The Sydney Morning Herald has contacted NSW Police regarding Mr Bossi's comments.

In the earlier statement, NSW Police said it recognised "the rights of individuals and groups to exercise their rights of free speech and peaceful assembly, however, our first priority is - and always will be - the safety of the community."

More than 2000 Facebook users have said that they are attending the rally, according to the event's social media page.

The organisers of the rally say they have a COVID-19 safety plan in place, which includes encouraging people to wear masks and social distance.

"Unlike COVID, the virus of colonial racism can not be defeated by self-isolation or quarantine. We need to come together and fight back," the Facebook event reads.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said this week that she understood people's strong feelings, "but the NSW health orders are in place this year for a reason, and people must respect them."

"In the interests of public health, the police will take any necessary steps to make sure the rules are not broken," she said in a statement.

Hobart Invasion Day rally hailed as record .
A large crowd has gathered on the lawns outside parliament house in Hobart as part of national Invasion Day protests in major cities on Australia Day.Several thousand people attended Tuesday's rally, eclipsing last year's event, organisers say, despite coronavirus social distancing measures and the cancellation of a usual march through the city.

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