Dramatic moment as anti-lockdown protesters protect an isolated police officer from rioter attacks by forming a human shield
- An isolated police officer was surrounded by a group during the Sydney protests
- They seemed to create a barrier around him as protesters rushed towards him
- A mounted police officer then drove into the crowd to get to the breakaway officer
- Thousands of people attended the anti-lockdown protest in Sydney on Saturday
- More than 50 arrests have been made so far and more are expected, police said
Dramatic video of the anti-lockdown protest in Sydney shows the moment when a group of men rescue a police officer from an angry mob.
The solo officer appears to have become isolated from colleagues near City Hall at the height of the protest that drew around 3,500 people to the CBD.
Caught against a shop window as a stream of people approached, some in the crowd began to form a human shield around him, waving their hands to scare others away.
Finally, a mounted police officer charged into the crowd and pulled people to the side as they tried to reach his stricken officer.
The NSW police officer found himself isolated on a storefront near Sydney Town Hall last Saturday during the anti-lockdown protest in the CBD
However, a man seen in the video defending the officer is now wanted by police because of the assault by two other police officers during the protest.
The role of the bearded man, dressed in a red and navy hooded jacket, sunglasses and a black hat, has been the subject of discussion on social media with people posting other videos of his actions on the day.
So-called ‘freedom’ marches took place in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane on Saturday, attracting thousands in what were largely peaceful protests.
Nevertheless, NSW police had arrested 57 people and issued 107 personal offenses since the protest, with police expecting to make further arrests after watching more videos of the event.
A number of men appeared to form a barricade around the officer as other protesters rushed in, some waving their arms to signal to retreat
A mounted police officer charged into the crowd to try to reach his divorced colleague
“We have received 10,000 Crime Stoppers reports since Saturday in terms of criminal behavior and health order violations at the protest, which is a tremendous outrage from the community,” said NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller.
Commissioner Fuller said police would be on hand should there be another protest, which was reportedly set to take place next Saturday.
“We’re going into the ground very early. You will be arrested and prosecuted,” he warned.
“The community has talked about that behavior. The Prime Minister has spoken about that behavior and it is no longer tolerated.’