Anti-Lockdown Protesters Clash With Police in Australia - Photos, Videos
© Photo : Mick TsikasProtesters climb an awning outside Sydney Town Hall during an anti-lockdown rally, as an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) affects Sydney, Australia, 24 July 2021. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas via REUTERS.
© Photo : Mick Tsikas
Sydney previously tightened lockdown restrictions, imposing a stay-at-home order, as the number of new infections started mounting up again. So far, the country has registered 32,594 new coronavirus cases, and 916 fatalities from the infection.
Mass rallies were held in Sydney, Melbourne, and other Australian cities on Friday, as people protested against coronavirus restrictions in the country. Thousands of maskless protesters chanting "freedom" marched through Sydney, and some of them clashed with police. According to reports, a group of lockdown opponents were throwing pot plants and bottles at mounted officers. The ABC broadcaster reported that 57 people were charged in the wake of the skirmishes.
Police in Sydney said they had launched a "high-visibility policing operation", to curb the protests.
According to the New South Wales police minister, David Elliott, 57 people were arrested following the mass demonstrations.
In total, the Australian COVID tally reached 32,594 cases, including 823 confirmed over the past week only.