Australian police clash with anti-lockdown protesters as violence flares

Australian police clash with anti-lockdown protesters as violence flares
ストーンズ, bottles and traffic cones thrown as more than 260 people arrested

より多い 260 people have been arrested in メルボルン そして シドニー as police clashed with anti-lockdown protestors.

Violence broke out as 700 people gathered in メルボルン despite some 2,000 officers securing the city centre with check points, barricades and the suspension of all public transport.

ストーンズ, bottles and traffic cones were thrown as the trouble flared on Saturday in the city’s Richmond and Hawthorn neighbourhoods.

Victoria Police said six officers required hospital treatment following the attacks.

“What we saw today was a group of protesters that came together not to protest freedoms, but simply to take on and have a fight with the police,” said commander Mark Galliott.

It followed a 4,000 strong protest in August which officials had described as the most violent in the city for 20 年.

シドニー, riot squad officers, highway patrol, detectives and general duties police were also deployed to the streets as some 300 people gathered to protest the ongoing コロナウイルス measures there.

Elsewhere in オーストラリア, a demonstration was also held in Brisbane, despite the fact that the city is not in lockdown.

It all comes as the country continues to grapple with an outbreak of the Delta variant of Covid-19 which has seen Sydney, Melbourne and the capital Canberra in strict lockdown for weeks.

Most of the restrictions in all three places are to remain in place until at least 70 per cent of those aged over 16 完全にワクチン接種されています, which is likely to be late October or early November.

A high rate of compliance with public health orders has helped Australia keep the number of infections relatively low, with just under 85,000 total cases and 1,145 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

But opposition has been growing as lockdowns continue to impinge on people’s personal freedoms.