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The NSW Police Force say they will launch a highly visible and agile police response ahead of unauthorised protest activity planned for this weekend.

Operation Stay At Home was launched earlier this week to enforce Public Health Orders across NSW.

In response to questions about a protest being arranged at the Jack Evans Boat Harbour over the policy for a vaccination being required for crossing the border into Queensland,  police media said officers from Tweed/Byron Police District will continue conducting a high-visibility policing operation to ensure compliance of the Public Health Order.

Deputy Commissioner Mal Lanyon, Metropolitan Field Operations, was joined by Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott, today (Friday, 20 August) to outline the expansion of Operation Stay At Home in response to unauthorised protest activity expected over the weekend.

More than 1400 officers will be strategically deployed to provide a highly visible presence across Sydney to prevent, disrupt and respond to plans for large public gatherings to engage in protest activities tomorrow (Saturday, 21 August).

General Duties officers from Central, North West and South West Metropolitan Regions will be supported by the Public Order and Riot Squad, Operations Support Group, the Dog and Mounted Unit, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Police Transport Command, and PolAir for static and mobile operational activities.

A significant police presence can be expected in Sydney CBD and surrounds, as well as on major roadways, the public transport network and Sydney Harbour.

Further, police are continuing to monitor commentary relating to proposed splinter events being planned across Regional NSW, and relevant Police Districts will also deploy officers to disrupt those activities.

While the NSW Police Force recognises and supports the rights of individuals and groups of free speech and peaceful assembly, this event is unauthorised and unacceptable in the current climate.

Police have powers under the Crimes Act and the Public Health Act to prevent unauthorised protests and mass gatherings, ranging from Penalty Infringement Notices through to charges with maximum penalties of imprisonment.

The safety of the community is – and will always be – the priority of the NSW Police Force.


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5 COMMENTS

  1. Great! The fools and tools of Murdoch, QAnon and fundamentalist religions need to be stopped before they create an even more dangerous environment for everyone!
    Did you know the organisers of these travesties are supported by extreme right wing groups from the US? Just what we don’t need, that s4!7show!

    • they have done a wonderful job of joining disparate groups into their movement, who would have thought the byron wellness crowd would be actively listening to jones on sky, how times have changed… perhaps the govt needs to employ them to help with the marketing of the vaccination rollout…

  2. Haha yes the link between sky tv ,shock jocks and Byron wellness crowd is an interesting thing to behold . Who would have predicted that in 2018 .? 2022 ,2023 going to be interesting . Irrespective of which side of fence you occupy …. Clearly the model of state government and federal government is very outdated ,as numerous ex prime ministers have said for years and years . Once the politicians retire ,that’s when they can really speak their truth . And plenty have stated that .

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