Coronavirus Australia: Officer splashed with ink by protesters later shakes hands with crowd

A police officer spattered with ink by anti-lockdown protesters in Sydney has won the respect of the crowd by shaking hands with protesters.

Thousands of protesters swarmed the streets of Australia on Saturday, particularly in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, to protest the lockdowns.

During the chaos, as 3,500 in attendance marched from Victoria Park to City Hall in Sydney’s CBD, a protester splashed a police officer with dark ink.

The inked officer was later arrested as he approached a barricade and shook hands with protesters while others in the crowd thanked the policeman for his bravery

The man’s colleagues were photographed helping to wipe the thick ink from the officer’s skin and uniform, while frenzied activists continued to chant anti-vax slogans.

The inked officer was later seen approaching a barricade and shaking hands with protesters as others in the crowd thanked him for showing respect.

‘Why can’t you be like him?’, a woman in the background hears the officer’s impassive colleagues ask.

“Too scared, too scared,” she adds.

One person who uploaded the video online added: ‘Looks like this police officer really likes the freedom protesters. After all, the police have registered to protect citizens against criminals and not to enforce martial law.’

Less impressed was the anonymous author of a viral Facebook post in which he denounced the protesters for wanting to help the police and government as they attacked the officer.

The man's colleagues were pictured wiping the thick ink from the officer's skin and uniform, while frenzied activists continued to chant anti-vax slogans.

The man’s colleagues were pictured wiping the thick ink from the officer’s skin and uniform, while frenzied activists continued to chant anti-vax slogans.

Meanwhile, a viral Facebook post has sent a stark warning to protesters at the consequent price of their newfound 'freedom'

Meanwhile, a viral Facebook post has sent a stark warning to protesters at the consequent price of their newfound ‘freedom’

In addition to an image of the inked police officer, the post is asking anyone who attended the protests not to call the officer if they are in trouble.

“If you have a domestic dispute, don’t call this man. If someone steals from you, don’t call this man. If your child is missing, don’t call this man,” the message reads.

“If you’ve been in a serious accident and you weren’t at fault… don’t call this man. If you broke into your house, don’t call this man.’

The author argued that because attendees marched for freedom, they should live completely free from state or federal government assistance.

“While you’re there, cut your Medicare card…never go to the doctor or hospital for anything…from today, don’t claim money from the government or use regulated services,” the message reads. . is reading.

“You can all get cash now, no Medicare, no MyGov, no nothing WHAT EVER.”

The author asked those attending the march to ensure that they do not receive subsidized medicines or health care.

“You have all made a choice against not only the government, but also the majority of people trying to do the right thing. Enjoy your freedom,” they said.

The author of the viral post argued that because attendees marched for freedom, they should live completely free from state or federal government aid.

The author of the viral post argued that because attendees marched for freedom, they should live completely free from state or federal government aid.

A total of 57 protesters were charged at the event, but detectives are working around the clock to identify those who have chosen not to wear face masks in violation of health regulations

A total of 57 protesters were charged at the event, but detectives are working around the clock to identify those who have chosen not to wear face masks in violation of health regulations

There are serious concerns that Saturday’s protests will prove to be a super-spreading event, and authorities are calling on the estimated 3,500 people who attended in Sydney to get a Covid test in the interest of the community.

I am calling on all 3,500 people to get tested tomorrow, if not for themselves for the sake of their families and friends,” said NSW Police Secretary David Elliott.

A total of 57 protesters were charged at the event, but detectives are working around the clock to identify those who have chosen not to wear face masks in direct violation of public health regulations.

About 510 offenses were handed out on Saturday, the majority of which were handed out during the protests.

At one point during the chaos, protesters were filmed hitting a police officer in a garden bed in front of City Hall station as officers attempted to make an arrest.

Others present threw flower pots at mounted officers, with one man going so far as to allegedly hit a troop horse.

About 510 offenses were handed out on Saturday, the majority of which were handed out during the protests

About 510 offenses were handed out on Saturday, the majority of which were handed out during the protests

On Sunday, NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said it had 'broken her heart' to see images of the ugly scenes in Sydney's CBD

On Sunday, NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said it had ‘broken her heart’ to see images of the ugly scenes in Sydney’s CBD

At least five officers struggled to take down a single protester, before taking him away in handcuffs as crowds of protesters taunted the police.

Mr. Elliott labeled those at the rallies “boofheads” and said 90 fines had been imposed statewide and more arrests were expected.

“What we saw today were 3,500 very selfish idiots – people who thought the law didn’t apply to them,” he said.

‘If we don’t . to see [Covid] I will be very, very surprised in the areas where these protesters came from,” Elliott said.

“It was just a whole bunch of half-hearted people. I have no doubt that at least one person had Covid today, it is statistically impossible for us not to take that into account.”

On Sunday, NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said it had “broken her heart” to see images of the ugly scenes in Sydney’s CBD.

“Millions of people in our state are doing the right thing and it broke my heart that people had such contempt for their communities. I’m disgusted,” she said.

“Thank you to the people who do the right thing and to those who don’t… you should be ashamed of yourselves.”

The Prime Minister reminded the state that the majority of Sydneysiders were doing the right thing, citing more than 102,000 tests in the past 24 hours alone.

Ms Berejiklian reminded the state that the majority of Sydneysiders were doing the right thing, citing more than 102,000 tests in the past 24 hours alone

Ms Berejiklian reminded the state that the majority of Sydneysiders were doing the right thing, citing more than 102,000 tests in the past 24 hours alone

NSW registered 141 new local cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, up from 163 on Saturday, with 38 contagious cases in the community

NSW registered 141 new local cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, up from 163 on Saturday, with 38 contagious cases in the community

The state registered 141 new local cases of Covid-19, down from 163 on Saturday, with 38 contagious cases in the community.

A woman in her late thirties who had no pre-existing health problems has died of Covid overnight, as has a woman from southwestern Sydney in her seventies.

There are currently 141 patients with Covid in hospitals in Sydney. Of these, 43 are in intensive care, 42 of which are unvaccinated. One just got their first shot.

One patient in the hospital is in their teens, while seven are in their twenties and three are in their thirties. There are 32 patients in the hospital between the ages of 50 and 79.

The state’s current outbreak has now skyrocketed to 2,083 cases since June 16 with Sunday’s announcement.

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