Fears are mounting that the Covid outbreak in Sydney could explode after fed up residents from the virus-ravaged Southwest stormed the CBD on Saturday.
In wild scenes, some protesters were spotted spitting at working media – while others proudly waved ‘Western Sydney Lives matter’ signs.
Frenzied crowds, shoulder to shoulder and mostly maskless, swarmed the city center from noon.
Entire families took part in the demonstration, as life in lockdown continues to infuriate many.
Some of the chants were reportedly “f*ck the media” and “Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi” in the crowd, witnesses said were close to 15,000.
A father and son from Fairfield in south-west Sydney, where cases continue to rise, told Daily Mail Australia they had traveled from Covid Ground-zero in the city to the CBD to take part in the rally.
“We’re not afraid of the police,” the father said.
NSW police arrested a man (pictured) on Saturday who was present at the illegal protest in Sydney’s CBD
Some protesters spat at working media and clashed with police as tensions mounted
A woman tries to push past police on a Sydney side street in Camperdown during the protest on Saturday
NSW Police were on hand for the protest, which threatens to escalate by the minute
Another group of five protesters, all of whom did not want to be named, boasted that they had traveled from the Covid-ravaged southwest for the rally.
“We don’t give a damn mate, this lockdown is destroying us,” said one.
“If you think we’re defiant, wait till you see the kids we’re raising,” read one Mother’s sign as she marched through Victoria Park.
The protests are in response to the Covid lockdowns imposed in NSW, Victoria and South Australia, with more than half of the country’s 25 million people being ordered to stay at home amid an outbreak that broke out in the United States last month. east of Sydney began.
Shocked spectators in the Harbor City fear the rally could spell disaster for the Delta outbreak in Sydney.
“The anti-lockdown protest in Sydney is a super-spreading event in the making. As if the sheer number of people wasn’t enough, everyone is also screaming out loud (without masks) and possibly scattering drops all over the damn place,” one said.
NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys previously warned a lockdown protest in Sydney would be ‘disastrous’.
“It’s not really the time for people to get close to each other, to exercise what they would think was their democratic right and it could very well be,” he said.
“NSW police are in a position where they will try to work with the organizers and the specific group leaders to ensure they are compliant with public health regulations, and in fact we will not get a situation where we end up with a spreading event in Sydney, which would of course be disastrous’.
“Right now we have cases that are going through the roof, and we have people who think it’s okay to go out and possibly be close together at a demonstration. I just think that’s a bit silly.’
Shortly after the march began, protesters broke through a police barrier to pass through George St, but were stopped at King St.
There is a large police presence, including mounted police and riot police.
Protesters began marching in Sydney’s CBD at noon, holding a sign reading ‘Drop your mask, raise your voice’
Police deployed multiple officers in Sydney’s CBD on Saturday as lockdown protests threaten to spiral out of control
A stoked protester in Sydney held up a sign on Saturday that read ‘The media is the virus’
Another man was quick to denounce the media during Saturday’s lockdown protest in Sydney
Retired boxer Anthony Mundine was spotted at the rally and later posted videos on his social media
Police in riot gear tried to control the crowd during Saturday’s lockdown protest in Sydney
Protesters threw plastic bottles and plants thrown from the streets at officers, with multiple confirmed arrests.
Just days after receiving his second fine for violating the Public Health Order, former boxer Anthony Mundine was spotted at the rally.
He has already been fined twice for refusing to wear a mask in Bunnings and for traveling to Ballina, in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.
‘Choc’ Mundine posted videos on social media of the crowd in Victoria Park, Camperdown chanting ‘freedom’.
The protest comes as the number of Covid-19 cases in NSW hit another record high on Saturday.
About 163 new local cases were reported, up from 136 cases on Friday.