Police out in force to deter Sydney lockdown protesters

Police in Sydney have launched a highly visible and mobile operation today to disrupt any COVID-19 protests and prevent mass gatherings.

Police out in force to deter Sydney lockdown protesters

Police in Sydney have launched a highly visible and mobile operation today to disrupt any COVID-19 protests and prevent mass gatherings.

Officers are warning protesters planning to demonstrate against restrictions in Sydney this weekend to stay at home.

New South Wales Police Minister David Elliott this week said any mass protests would be a major public health risk and police would take firm action to prevent gatherings.

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"There is no doubt that these protests are a risk to public health – for the community, for police as well as for the individual health of the protesters themselves," Mr Elliott said.

"We've seen past protesters end up contracting COVID-19, so anyone who is still considering protesting needs take a good hard look at themselves."

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Mal Lanyon, said today's operation would mirror previous operations, which he said had been successful in preventing protest activity.

"We have put in place an extremely mobile police operation with significant resources, to respond to whatever situation we are faced with."

Meanwhile, the first doses of the mRNA vaccine Moderna have arrived in Australia.

The precious cargo came into the country last night on an Emirates flight, which landed at Sydney Airport.

The second shipment of the vaccine is expected to land on our shores in the coming days.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) first gave provisional approval for the use of Moderna in Australia last month, making it our third COVID-19 vaccine, alongside AstraZeneca and Pfizer.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said yesterday that over 1800 pharmacies will start distributing Moderna jabs next week, once testing by the medical safety body is complete.

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Police confront Melbourne lockdown protesters

Anti-lockdown protesters in Melbourne are defying police warnings and are staging demonstrations in the city today.

Police confront Melbourne lockdown protesters

Police have deployed capsicum spray during rowdy anti-lockdown protests in Melbourne.

The protesters are defying warnings and are staging demonstrations in the city today, throwing what appear to be flares and smoke bombs at police.

Hundreds of demonstrators - many not wearing masks - have gathered in the inner suburb of Richmond in a move apparently designed to avoid police.

Earlier today Victoria Police set up checkpoints aimed at keeping them out of the CBD.

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Images showed some demonstrators being chased by police and held by officers.

Travel to and from Melbourne's CBD by public transport and car was halted to prevent anti-lockdown protesters from gathering in the CBD.

But protest organisers switched the time and location of the rally from 12pm in the city centre, reports.

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Instead they switched it to 10am at Richmond and began gathering at about midday outside the Richmond Town Hall.

Hundreds marched in the centre of the road chanting "no more lockdown" and "sack Dan Andrews".

Some held banners with the words 'No more lockdown'.

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Others shouted the mental health toll on people was too great.

Most were not wearing masks.

Until 2pm today, no trains, trams and buses will be running to central Melbourne. Services are terminating at suburban stations.

There is a limited shuttle bus service running from key locations for residents who are permitted to travel.

More than 2000 police officers have been deployed to stop and deter the protesters.

This is a developing story.

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