Thousands protest lockdown in Sydney amid COVID-19 surge

A protester is arrested by police at a demonstration at Sydney Town Hall during a ‘World Wide Rally For Freedom’ anti-lockdown rally in Sydney on July 24, 2021.  Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP

Thousands of people took to the streets of Sydney and other Australian cities on Saturday to protest lockdown restrictions amid another surge in COVID-19 cases, and police made several arrests after crowds broke through barriers and threw plastic bottles and plants.

The unmasked participants marched from Sydney’s Victoria Park to Town Hall in the central business district, carrying signs calling for “freedom” and “the truth.”

There was a heavy police presence in Sydney, including mounted police and riot officers in response to what authorities said was unauthorized protest activity. Police confirmed a number of arrests had been made after objects were thrown at officers.

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New South Wales Police said it recognized and supported the rights of free speech and peaceful assembly, but the protest was a breach of public health orders.

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