Sydney organiser arrested by police
NSW Police have confirmed six people were arrested today.
Three men aged 40, 37 and 22 and two women aged 50 and 23 were arrested and each issued with a $1000 Penalty Infringement Notice for breaching public health orders, before being issued move-on directions.
A third woman, aged 25, was arrested and issued a Criminal Infringement Notice for offensive language, NSW Police said in a statement.
“As we said all along, we are not anti-the right to protest,” NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing told reporters.
“This is about public safety. At the end of the day, we are in the middle of a pandemic. The Supreme Court judge himself described the current situation in NSW as being on a knife’s edge.”
Mr Willing said the police “appreciate people’s rights to protest” and “we understand the issues that are in question here are significant and are sensitive to a lot of people”.
“However, we must do what we can to ensure that the public in general are safe at this time,” he said. “The operation itself is still ongoing, we will see what evolves, but unfortunately we have seen six persons arrested.”