Police have arrested 30 people following demonstrations in Sydney’s CBD today.
A high-visibility policing operation was launched in response to planned protests across Sydney to ensure the safety of the community and local businesses.
General duties officers from Sydney City Police Area Command and across the Central Metropolitan Region, assisted by specialist police, were deployed to ensure peaceful and lawful demonstrations.
Alleged offences committed range from obstruct traffic to disobey reasonable direction.
Central Metropolitan Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing APM, said public safety is the number one priority for police during any protest activity.
“While police respect the right of individuals and groups to protest, we have a responsibility to the community and local businesses to ensure they can go about their normal activities without being impacted on or put at risk,” Assistant Commissioner Willing said.
“Unfortunately, despite the warnings issued by local police and our colleagues from across the country, this group continue to set out to break the law and put themselves and others at risk.
“We are aware that this particular group of protestors intend to cause significant disruption to the community, and any future activity of this nature will not be tolerated by NSW Police.
“Anyone who choses to flout the rules and cause trouble should expect to feel the full force of the law,” Assistant Commissioner Willing said.
Anyone with information about unlawful activity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.