“Utterly disgusted”: NSW Premier issues statement on Sydney freedom protest

Gladys Berejiklian
Premier of NSW

I am utterly disgusted by the illegal protestors in the City today whose selfish actions have compromised the safety of all of us.

The protestors have shown utter contempt for their fellow citizens who are currently doing it tough.

I want to thank the brave Police officers who put their own safety on the line to ensure the protest action ceased.

This type of activity during lockdown will not be tolerated and the full force of the law will be brought against anyone who engages in this type of illegal activity.

NSW Police earlier said a high-visibility policing operation was launched in response to unauthorised protest activity in Sydney’s CBD about 12pm today (Saturday 24 July 2021), to ensure the safety of participants, as well as the community and local businesses.

A strike force has been set up to hunt down more than 3,500 protesters who gathered at Sydney’s Victoria Park, opposite Broadway shopping centre, after marching into Sydney’s CBD on Saturday to protest widespread lockdowns in NSW.

NSW Police issued over 90 infringement notices to people at the demonstration, charged 57 and say more arrests are likely.

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