Sydney Covid lockdown protests: 21 men in court on Sunday for violating public health regulations

Nearly two dozen men between the ages of 18 and 63 are to appear in court for their involvement in Saturday’s anti-lockdown riots in Sydney.

Tens of thousands of outraged Australians took to the city streets to protest Covid restrictions.

Scenes near Sydney Town Hall station descended to chaos by early afternoon, with protesters attacking officers and police horses with potted plants, rocks and ink.

On Sunday, NSW police released a list of the names of 21 men who were all set to appear in Parramatta’s local court for their involvement in the protests.

Well-known Covid denier Joseph Mekhael, who was in court for similar offenses just five months ago, was among those named by police.

‘Smokin’ Joe’ was previously charged twice for failing to comply with public health regulations after he allegedly staged two unauthorized protests in Sydney.

He described the government as “devilish dipsticks”, claimed the coronavirus was a scam and made false and harmful claims about vaccination at the time.

Well-known Covid denier Joseph Mekhael, who was in court for similar offenses just five months ago, was among those named by police

'Smokin' Joe' was previously charged with two charges of non-compliance with public health regulations after allegedly organizing two unauthorized protests in Sydney

‘Smokin’ Joe’ was previously charged with two charges of non-compliance with public health regulations after allegedly organizing two unauthorized protests in Sydney

Detectives are investigating thousands of other maskless protesters who may still face fines for violating public health regulations.

Two men, 33-year-old Kristian Polkownik and 36-year-old Remon Korkise, were charged with animal cruelty after being charged with assaulting police horses.

Polkownik and Korkise were charged with animal cruelty for allegedly attacking police horses during the protests.

Those costs come after a maskless rioter was caught beating a police horse named Tobruk.

The attack led to an immediate investigation, with police putting out a public appeal online to track down the person involved.

But there were several other incidents during the day where other horses were pelted with stones and potted plants as the riots spiraled out of control.

A cowardly, maskless thug was photographed beating a police horse during Saturday's violent anti-lockdown protest

A cowardly, maskless thug was photographed beating a police horse during Saturday’s violent anti-lockdown protest

A total of 57 protesters in Sydney were charged with various crimes and a special force was set up to track down thousands of demonstrators without masks

A total of 57 protesters in Sydney were charged with various crimes and a special force was set up to track down thousands of demonstrators without masks

Tens of thousands of furious Aussies took to the streets in rural towns to protest Covid restrictions

Tens of thousands of furious Aussies took to the streets in rural towns to protest Covid restrictions

Scenes near Sydney Town Hall station descended to chaos by early afternoon, with protesters attacking officers and police horses with potted plants, rocks and ink

Scenes near Sydney Town Hall station descended to chaos by early afternoon, with protesters attacking officers and police horses with potted plants, rocks and ink

A total of 57 protesters in Sydney were charged with various crimes and a special force was set up to track down thousands of maskless protesters.

David Wilson, a self-described ‘biohacker’, was also charged and is due to appear in court on Sunday.

The 60-year-old from the Northern Rivers region of NSW was not subject to strict stay-at-home orders because he lives outside of a hotspot, but has since exposed himself by traveling to Sydney for the protest.

Frenzied crowds heard shouting 'you serve us!'  to the police while others were filmed crashing officers into a garden bed

Frenzied crowds heard shouting ‘you serve us!’ to the police while others were filmed crashing officers into a garden bed

There are concerns that the protests will lead to a devastating Covid super-diffuser event

There are concerns that the protests will lead to a devastating Covid super-diffuser event

Frenzied crowds heard shouting ‘you serve us!’ to the police while others were filmed crashing officers into a garden bed.

There are concerns that the protests will lead to a devastating Covid super-spreader event.

But Callum Browning, 27, who was also arrested and charged at the Sydney protest, claims Covid poses no real threat.

“The virus to watch out for is communism and tyranny,” he said on his Facebook account.

Some protesters took it upon themselves to set off smoke bombs during protests in Melbourne where six were arrested

Some protesters took it upon themselves to set off smoke bombs during protests in Melbourne where six were arrested

NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian vowed Saturday night 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.”

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

Protesters were met by mounted police outside Sydney Town Hall - and neither group was willing to back off

Protesters were met by mounted police outside Sydney Town Hall – and neither group was willing to back off

Who will appear in court today for their involvement in Saturday’s riots?

Do you know any of these people? Email: britagne.chain@mailonline.com

KRISTIAN PULKOWNIK 33 years M

REMON KORKISE 36 years M

ROBERT TOO BROWN 26 years M

ANTHONY NELSON PAZ 26 years M

NIKOLA DEDOVIC 20 years old

MICHAEL PAZ 28 years M

SIMON HATTAWAY 27 years M

SEAN RENFORD 44 years M

SIPU WITH HOOD 29 years Myo

RODRIGO ELICES 28 years M

MICHAEL MUSALLAM 31 years M

JOSHUA PEDEN 29 years M

STEPHEN JOHN BASTIAN 63 years

JOSEPH MEKHAEL 37 years old

DAVID CHRISTOPHER WILSON 60 years M

DARIO MASLIC 18 years M

EVAN BRACK 33 years old

ARCHIE REES 26 years M

ALEXANDER JEROME CLARQUE 39 years M

RUDI VAN SCHAIK 47yo M

CALLUM BOWLING, 27 years M

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