Police officers swarm Sydney’s CBD amid fears anti-lockdown protesters will repeat last week’s disgrace

Extraordinary show of strength as police flood Sydney’s CBD amid fears anti-lockdown protesters will repeat last week’s shameful scenes

  • Massive police operation underway in Sydney ahead of protests
  • More than 3,500 people showed up for anti-lockdown demonstrations in CBD over the weekend
  • Hundreds of police officers have been deployed in the city to monitor people entering
  • There are 80 police officers at City Hall and dozens more in Hyde Park

A massive police operation is underway in Sydney ahead of a second weekend of anti-lockdown demonstrations in Sydney’s CBD.

New South Wales Police established an exclusion zone around the town from Saturday morning after intelligence revealed another protest was planned.

More than 3,500 people attended the demonstration last week, with officials warning Sydneysiders not to show up this weekend.

Police expect a protest after monitoring online activity, but don’t think it will be in the same numbers as the one that shocked Sydney last weekend.

About 60 protesters have been charged and 200 people fined for Saturday’s demonstration.

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A massive police operation is underway in Sydney ahead of a second weekend of anti-lockdown demonstrations in Sydney's CBD

A massive police operation is underway in Sydney ahead of a second weekend of anti-lockdown demonstrations in Sydney’s CBD

New South Wales Police have established an exclusion zone around the town from Saturday morning after intelligence revealed another protest was planned

New South Wales Police have established an exclusion zone around the town from Saturday morning after intelligence revealed another protest was planned

New South Wales Police have established an exclusion zone around the town from Saturday morning after intelligence revealed another protest was planned

More than 3,500 people attended the demonstration last week, with officials warning Sydneysiders not to show up this weekend

More than 3,500 people attended the demonstration last week, with officials warning Sydneysiders not to show up this weekend

More than 3,500 people attended the demonstration last week, with officials warning Sydneysiders not to show up this weekend

There are as many as 80 officers at City Hall station looking to stop anyone entering the city, particularly from Sydney’s western and southwestern suburbs.

Another large police presence is stationed in Hyde Park, with dozens more officers combing the CBD and checking the number plates of cars and what people are doing.

Taxi and rideshare companies risk fines of up to half a million dollars if they take passengers into Sydney’s CBD on Saturday, as NSW police desperately try to prevent a follow-up to last weekend’s anti-lockdown protest.

Police have issued a ban on seven taxi and rideshare services prohibiting them from taking passengers to the CBD during the six-hour period.

Companies that fail to comply with the notice face a maximum fine of $500,000, and individuals can be fined up to $100,000, the NSW Police Department says.

There are as many as 80 cops at City Hall station looking to stop anyone traveling into the city, particularly from Sydney's western and southwestern suburbs

There are as many as 80 cops at City Hall station looking to stop anyone traveling into the city, particularly from Sydney's western and southwestern suburbs

There are as many as 80 cops at City Hall station looking to stop anyone traveling into the city, particularly from Sydney’s western and southwestern suburbs

Kristian Pulkownik, 33, reportedly punched NSW police horse Tobruk in the nose as his rider led thousands of protesters marching in the city's CBD last week

Kristian Pulkownik, 33, reportedly punched NSW police horse Tobruk in the nose as his rider led thousands of protesters marching in the city's CBD last week

Kristian Pulkownik, 33, reportedly punched NSW police horse Tobruk in the nose as his rider led thousands of protesters marching in the city’s CBD last week

The large zone extends from the Bradfield Highway at Milsons Point north of the Harbor Bridge, to the City West Link at Lilyfield, to South Dowling St at Todman Ave at Zetland, and east to New South Head Rd at Ocean Ave at Edgecliff.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller Friday warned potential protesters that they would be met by a police force of up to 1,000 strong.

NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian vowed that those gathered for the illegal demonstration would undergo “the full force of the law.”

“I am disgusted by the illegal protesters in today’s city whose selfish actions have endangered the safety of all of us,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“The protesters have shown great contempt for their fellow citizens who are currently suffering.”

A police officer was inked by frenzied activists chanting anti-Vax slogans during the scandalous protests in Sydney last weekend

A police officer was inked by frenzied activists chanting anti-Vax slogans during the scandalous protests in Sydney last weekend

A police officer was inked by frenzied activists chanting anti-Vax slogans during the scandalous protests in Sydney last weekend

There were wild scenes of protests in Sydney's CBD on Saturday afternoon, prompting Gladys Berejiklian to swear the activists would undergo 'the full force of the law'

There were wild scenes of protests in Sydney's CBD on Saturday afternoon, prompting Gladys Berejiklian to swear the activists would undergo 'the full force of the law'

There were wild scenes of protests in Sydney’s CBD on Saturday afternoon, prompting Gladys Berejiklian to swear the activists would undergo ‘the full force of the law’

Ms Berejiklian thanked the ‘brave officers who risk their safety’.

“This type of activity during the lockdown will not be tolerated and the full force of the law will be imposed against anyone engaged in this type of illegal activity.”

NSW Police Secretary David Elliott labeled those who took part in the demonstrations “boofheads” and said 90 fines had been imposed statewide and many 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 see [Covid] peak in the areas where these protesters came from in the next week I will be very, very surprised.

“It was just a whole bunch of half-hearted people. I have no doubt that at least one person there had COVID today, it’s statistically impossible for us not to consider that.”

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