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47 arrested during anti-lockdown protests in Sydney


On Saturday, Australian police arrested 47 people in Sydney city center, after the police responded "with force" to protests against the general closure measures aimed at curbing the spread of the emerging Corona virus (Covid-19).


The local newspaper (Sydney Morning Herald) reported that to prevent protesters from gathering in Victoria Park, authorities stopped taxi services such as "Uber", and train travel within the city, and checkpoints were set up as part of a security operation involving 1,500 police officers across Sydney.


The newspaper pointed out that the protest was organized by an online group as part of a "national march for freedom, peace and human rights", and accompanied by events in 7 cities, including Melbourne, which witnessed violent clashes between protesters and riot police, today, Saturday, which included launching Police tear gas and pepper spray.


In Sydney, about 250 protesters gathered in the streets around Victoria Park and were met by a large gathering of police forces, including riot squads and cavalry officers, who prevented any gathering inside the public park.


The newspaper pointed out that the Sydney police issued 261 financial fines for violations of public health orders, and arrested 47 people who are expected to face official charges, and 38,000 cars were stopped for inspection and to ensure compliance with the restrictions of Corona procedures at 14 checkpoints, among them were Monitoring 137 cases of violations of the general closure procedures.

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