Arrests at Australia Day Protest Held in Spite of Public Health Orders

Several people were arrested after a large crowd gathered in Sydney for an Australia Day protest, despite COVID-19 health orders limiting gatherings to 500 people.

Police said they had agreed with organisers that a planned march would be cancelled and that they would “divide the large crowd into socially distanced groups of less than 500 people.”

However, police were prompted to issue a formal warning after “a large group attempted to commence a march in Hyde Park.” Five people, four of whom were part of the protest, were arrested during the police attempt to disperse the crowd.

The footage, recorded by Allison Hore and compiled by Storyful, shows the scene in Sydney. Credit: Allison Hore via Storyful