Thousands of Australians have unleashed on state governments around the country by holding dozens of coordinated ‘silent protests’ against never-ending lockdowns and compulsory Covid-19 vaccination.
There were 79 separate demonstrations across NSW alone on Tuesday, with police arresting more than 150 people for breaking health orders banning gatherings to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Just after 5pm on Tuesday, NSW Police confirmed officers had arrested 153 people and issued almost 600 fines across various pockets of NSW.
Others were charged with a variety of offences including various breaches of the public health order, assault police, resist arrest, refusing to comply with police direction, and failing to move on.
A total of 573 fines were issued to members of the public, for offences including not wear fitted masked covering in prescribed outdoor gathering ($500), not comply with noticed direction – COVID-19 ($1000), and unlawfully participate in outdoor public gathering – stay at home order ($3000).
Police responded to 79 unauthorised protests, during which three officers received minor injuries following interactions with protestors at Lismore, Murwillumbah and Raymond Terrace.
Protestors gathered outside a number of local councils across Sydney to voice their displeasure at the ongoing lockdown, at venues including Waverley Council in Sydney’s east, Sutherland Shire Council in the south, Northern Beaches Council’s Dee Why office in Sydney’s north and Blacktown City Council, in Sydney’s Covid plagued west.
Similarly, a number of people were either arrested in Sydney’s south-west or fined outside local councils at the likes of Fairfield City, Bankstown, Camden, Campbelltown and Liverpool.
Further arrests and fines also followed in NSW’s Northern Region at venues such as Tweed Heads and Coffs Harbour, in the Southern Region at Wollongong and Shellharbour and the Western Region at suburbs such as Tamworth, Mudgee and Bathurst.
Similar protests occurred outside government buildings and police stations in Melbourne and Queensland in what has been dubbed ‘Shut Down Australia Day’.
The rallies were meant to be peaceful, but the Queensland Parliament was forced to lock down after one protester tried to break into the chamber.
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