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SYDNEY (AP) – Thousands of people took to the streets in Sydney and other Australian cities on Saturday to protest lockdown restrictions amid another surge in cases, and police made multiple arrests after crowds broken through barriers and plastic bottles and Had thrown plants.
The unmasked participants marched from Victoria Park in Sydney to City Hall in the central business district and carried signs calling for “freedom” and “the truth”.
There was a heavy police presence in Sydney, including mounted police and riot police, in response to allegedly unauthorized protests. Police confirmed that there were multiple arrests after objects were thrown at officers.
New South Wales Police said they recognize and support the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, but the protest is in violation of public health orders.
“The priority for NSW police is always the safety of the wider community,” said a police statement.
The protest comes as COVID-19 case numbers in the state hit another record of 163 new infections in the past 24 hours.
Greater Sydney has been on lockdown for the past four weeks and residents can only leave home with a reasonable apology.
“We live in a democracy and I’m usually one of those who support people’s right to protest … but right now we have cases that are going through the roof and we think it’s okay to go out and possibly be close to everyone “others at a demonstration,” said Health Secretary Brad Hazzard.
In Melbourne, thousands of demonstrators came into the city center without masks and sang “Freedom”. Some of them lit torches as they gathered outside the Victoria State Parliament House.
They held up banners, including one that read: “This is not about a virus, but about total state control of the people.”
A car protest rally is also planned in Adelaide, which is also on lockdown, with police warning that they are being arrested for illegal activities.
As of Friday, 15.4% of the country’s population aged 16 and over had both vaccinations for COVID-19.
“We went around the corner, we fixed it. We are making the mark that we need to put a million doses a week now, ”said Prime Minister Scott Morrison. “We are well on the way to being where we want to be by the end of the year and possibly sooner.”
The federal government said it will send thousands of additional doses of Pfizer to Sydney while adults in Australia’s largest city are also urged to “give AstraZeneca a strong consideration” given the scarcity of Pfizer supplies.