Confrontational moment anti-lockdown protesters surround police and chant ‘let her go’ as they arrest a maskless elderly woman at one of 79 creepy ‘quiet gatherings across NSW’
- Anti-lockdown protesters surrounded police who arrested an elderly woman
- Part of the 79 ‘silent protests’ taking place around NSW on August 31
- Protesters can be heard chanting ‘let her go’ at officers holding the woman
- The police eventually break away from the protesters and remove the woman from the group
- Many viewers have criticized the actions of both the protesters and the police
Police officers attempting to arrest an elderly woman during one of NSW’s 79 anti-lockdown demonstrations were intimidated by protesters who surrounded them and screamed.
Confronting footage shows protesters chanting ‘let her go’ at NSW police and arresting the woman during Tuesday’s otherwise silent demonstration.
She was one of hundreds not wearing masks gathered outside the Hills Shire Council customer service center in Sydney’s northwest,
Five others were arrested and nine fines were handed out, along with 153 arrests statewide and nearly 600 fines.
The coordinated ‘Shut Down Australia Day’ protests targeted government offices and police stations in NSW with thousands of people.
In the video, protesters surrounded the police and the woman in a circle and created a barrier with scarves to try to avoid her arrest.
The woman said ‘I do not agree with this arrest’.
One of the officers who arrested the woman then grabs one of the scarves and breaks out of the circle the protesters had created.
Other officers intervene and warn the protesters to stay behind so officers holding the woman can walk away from the crowd.
A video has been posted on TikTok showing NSW police arresting an elderly woman as anti-lockdown protesters chant ‘let her go’.
The woman is removed from view of the camera as she films the ordeal and digs her feet into the ground.
The footage then moves to the group of protesters and shows another woman berating one of the officers and saying “idiots” before the video ends.
Three officers suffered minor injuries in other NSW protests in Lismore, Murwillumbah and Raymond Terrace.
Eleven demonstrations were held in southwestern Sydney, which is still the center of the latest Covid-19 outbreak.