Sydney: Police clash with anti-lockdown protesters in NSW
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Tensions boiled over across Australia on Saturday as thousands of furious anti-lockdown campaigners took to the streets of Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide demanding an end to the continued lockdowns Down Under. Abject chaos erupted in Sydney as violent protesters began hurling glass bottles at mounted police and their horses as coppers tried to keep the peace. And in one shocking moment, a vile protester can be seen violently punching a horse in the nose as it wears its blinkers and backs away to protect itself.
In a video, protesters can be seen hurling horrific abuse at six mounted police as a shower of glass bottles and projectiles are launched from the crowd in Sydney.
In one moment a glass bottle shatters as it hits the neck of what appears to be a female mounted officer, sending glass shards flying over the stricken copper.
Bottles continue to fly as protesters turn on the horses with multiple missiles striking the horses across the head and body, many shattering on impact as the horses turn their heads away to protect themselves.
The cornered officers then face a barrage of attacks from violent protesters as the horses become agitated amid the furious crowd.
The lockdown protester can be seen hitting the horse in the nose (Image: Getty Images)
Protesters cheer when bottles smash into the horses and police (Image: NSW Police)
And in a heartbreaking picture captured in Sydney on Saturday, one man in a yellow t-shirt appears to punch a police horse wearing blinkers directly in the face, the horse appears to pull back and protect itself from the horrific assault.
The man’s t-shirt reads: ‘Free speech is more important than your feelings’.
The rallies are in response to Covid lockdowns imposed in the states of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
It comes as more than half the country’s 25 million people have been ordered to stay at home because of a Coronavirus outbreak that began in the east of Sydney.
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Horses were pelted with projectiles and one horse was punched in the face (Image: Getty Images)
In a statement on Saturday following the violence, Sydney’s New South Wales Police Force issued a furious rebuke of the vile behaviour by some protestors.
They said: “A high-visibility policing operation was launched in response to unauthorised protest activity in Sydney’s CBD about 12pm today (Saturday 24 July 2021), to ensure the safety of participants, as well as the community and local businesses.
“The priority for NSW Police is always the safety of the wider community.”
NSW Police slammed the protests as a “breach of the current Covid-19 Public Health Orders.”
Angry anti-lockdown protesters surround six mounted police in Sydney (Image: Daily Mail)
While State Health Minister for New South Wales Brad Hazzard said: “We live in a democracy and normally I am certainly one who supports people’s rights to protest…
“But at the present time we’ve got cases going through the roof and we have people thinking that’s okay to get out there and possibly be close to each other at a demonstration.
The protest come as New South Wales reported 163 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday while the government is planning to send 50,000 extra Pfizer vaccine doses to Sydney to combat the spread.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: “We’ve turned the corner, we’ve got it sorted. We’re hitting the marks that we need to make, a million doses a week are now being delivered. “We are well on our way to where we want to be by the end of the year and potentially sooner than that.”