Several people arrested in NSW ‘Freedom Day’ protests vs COVID restrictions

Several arrests were made among participants of the ‘Freedom Day’ protests held on Sunday to protest against coronavirus restrictions in New South Wales.

Around 14 people were arrested and 81 protesters received penalty infringement notices in prominent protests across the state in both Sydney and Byron Bay.

Three of these arrests were from the Hyde Park rally, where several notices were also issued.

“About 11 am, (Saturday 5 September 2020), 19 Penalty Infringement Notices of $1000 were issued by officers from Sydney City Police Area Command during an unauthorised gathering at Hyde Park on Elizabeth Street,” NSW Police said.

“During the operation, three people – two men and a woman were arrested.”

At the rally at Sydney Olympic Park in Homebush, a further two men were also arrested. Police also gave out 57 penalty infringement notices.

“Meanwhile, nine people have been arrested at parks on Jonsons Street and Bay Street, Byron Bay, during an unauthorised protest in Byron Bay earlier today,” NSW Police said.

The police reported at least 7 males and 2 females were taken to the Byron Bay Police Station where charges are expected to be laid. Among those arrested was a 34-year old man that police alleges to have assaulted a senior constable.

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