NSW Police Force statement regarding NSW Supreme Court decision

NSW Supreme Court Justice Michael Walton has prohibited a public assembly and march planned for Sydney’s CBD this Saturday (13 June 2020) due to health and safety concerns associated with COVID-19.

Central Metropolitan Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing, urged those thinking of attending the protest to obey the court’s decision.

“Justice Michael Walton has made it very clear this protest will be an unauthorised assembly, and the people of NSW need to respect that ruling,” Assistant Commissioner Willing said.

“While the NSW Police Force recognises and supports the rights of individuals to exercise their right to free speech in normal circumstances, these are not normal circumstances.

“We are in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic and the risk to public safety of these protests going ahead is significant.

“I want to be clear about this – if people choose to break the law and attend this protest, police will not hesitate to take the appropriate action against them.”

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