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World Anti-lockdown protests held in Australian cities

10:40  24 july  2021
10:40  24 july  2021 Source:   bbc.com

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Demonstrations have taken place in Australian cities against tight restrictions imposed to tackle a rise in Covid cases. Thousands gathered in Sydney, with smaller protests held in Melbourne and Brisbane. People chanted "freedom" as they marched through the centre of Sydney. Officers made several arrests. Australian governments have re-imposed lockdowns across the country amid a surge in new infections. The arrival of the highly contagious Delta variant has challenged the country's previous strategy of border closures, quarantine programmes and snap lockdowns which helped keep cases

Anti - lockdown protesters have marched in major Australian cities , as Covid cases spiked to record numbers in Sydney and authorities warned of a “continuing and growing problem”. Thousands of angry, unmasked people marched through the Sydney central business district on Saturday afternoon demanding an end Some protesters lit flares as they gathered outside Victoria’s Parliament House. Protesters held banners, including one that read: “This is not about a virus it’s about total government control of the people.” Victoria recorded 12 new locally acquired Covid-19 infections on Saturday, 10

Demonstrations have taken place in Australian cities against tight restrictions imposed to tackle a rise in Covid cases.

a group of people riding horses on a city street: One group of demonstrators threw objects at mounted police in Sydney © EPA One group of demonstrators threw objects at mounted police in Sydney

Thousands gathered in Sydney, with smaller protests held in Melbourne and Brisbane.

People chanted "freedom" as they marched through the centre of Sydney. Officers made several arrests.

Australian governments have re-imposed lockdowns across the country amid a surge in new infections.

The arrival of the highly contagious Delta variant has challenged the country's previous strategy of border closures, quarantine programmes and snap lockdowns which helped keep cases low.

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'Leave the horses alone': Disgraceful moment anti - lockdown protesters hurl pot plants and bottles at mounted police officers trying to do their job. The rallies were a response to Covid lockdowns imposed in NSW, Victoria and South Australia , with more than half the country's 25million people ordered to stay at home over an outbreak which began in Sydney's east. Frenzied crowds shouting 'freedom' and anti-vaccine conspiracy slogans swarmed Haymarket in Sydney's city centre from midday on Saturday, just moments after NSW Health's Jeremy McAnulty declared the area a virus

Australian police have made dozens of arrests amid anti - lockdown protests attended by hundreds nationwide. In Melbourne, the centre of Australia 's outbreak, about 300 people marched in defiance of tough measures that have been in place for a month. Other protests took place in Sydney, Brisbane Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews was also singled out - "We are in a city where the cure from Daniel Andrews is actually worse than what's happening," protester Fiona Kat told AFP. Police said they had made 15 arrests - 14 for breaching lockdown rules and one for assaulting a police officer who

Vaccination rates remain the lowest among developed nations, with fewer than 14% of people jabbed.

On Saturday thousands of people marched to the centre of Sydney through the suburb of Haymarket.

New South Wales (NSW) health authority had moments ago declared the area a Covid hotspot, public broadcaster ABC News reports.

Some held placards reading "Drop your mask, raise your voice" and "Wake Up Australia".

Protesters blocked roads and gathered outside Sydney's town hall. One group threw bottles at mounted officers.


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Officers announced they had arrested "a number of people" in the city.

"The NSW Police Force recognises and supports the rights of individuals and groups to exercise their rights of free speech and peaceful assembly, however, today's protest is in breach of the current Covid-19 Public Health Orders," a statement read.

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Australian police have made dozens of arrests as anti - lockdown protests are attended by hundreds in Melbourne. Protesters were heard chanting ‘human rights matter’ and ‘freedom’ as they marched down the street. Stricter measures were put in place in the country’s’ coronavirus hotspot, many turned out to protest the Smaller protests have been reported to have taken place in other Australian cities including, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Victoria Police said they have made 15 arrests – 14 for breaking lockdown rules and one for assaulting an officer – and issued more than 150 fines

Police in the Australian state of Victoria arrested 404 people who participated in a protest against lockdowns in Melbourne on Tuesday -- more than a week after the state began lifting stringent anti-epidemic measures that had been in place for months. Protesters occupied the state capital's central business district and called the virus, which has killed 907 Australians and more than 1.2 million people worldwide, a hoax. Despite repeated warnings and fines, Calvary Chapel has been holding in -person services since May without the use of masks or social distancing, county officials said.

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Smaller events also took place in Melbourne, where people lit flares outside Parliament House, and in Brisbane, at the Botanic Gardens.

Some 13 million Australians - about half its population - are now back in lockdown.

Sydney has now been under lockdown for four weeks, but continues to see cases rise.

NSW officials announced a record increase of 163 new infections on Saturday.

State health minister Brad Hazzard echoed calls by premier Gladys Berejiklian for other states to send extra vaccine doses to NSW.

"If it gets worse here in New South Wales, it could actually create massive problems for the whole country," Mr Hazzard reportedly said.

"New South Wales is the gateway to the rest of Australia."

According to Johns Hopkins University data, the country has overall recorded 32,594 cases and 916 deaths.

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