NSW moves to block Black Lives Matter protest

Brenda Watkins
June 5, 2020

The NSW Supreme Court has ruled against a Black Lives Matter protest in Sydney tomorrow, saying it will breach public health safety. But Berejiklian said when it became clear that thousands planned to attend, the legal application was made to the state's Supreme Court.

It has also led to protests around the world against racial injustice.

Tens of thousands of people were planning to gather across Australia this weekend to protest the treatment of Indigenous people in police custody and to show solidarity with US demonstrations calling for racial justice.

Reverend Sharpton said the reason black people couldn't be who they dreamed of being is because "you had your knee on our necks".

But Morrison said people should reconsider their planned action due to the threat of spreading coronavirus.

"This is because the protesters could not guarantee adherence to the health orders, they could not guarantee safe social distancing and simply the number of protesters far exceeds, far exceeds the health orders and we can't afford to have exceptions for anybody". And I say to them, don't go.

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A barrister representing the protesters argued that people who defy the ban would be at increased risk for coronavirus infection as police "corral and push" them in an effort to enforce stop the protest.

"Everyone has given up a lot in order to defeat the disease on the basis that this is best advice health officials have given us", he said.

Earlier, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stood against "importing things that are happening overseas to Australia", commenting on Tuesday's march in Sydney over indigenous deaths and George Floyd's murder.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has urged people not to attend.

- A protest in Melbourne is still scheduled to take place with state police approval.

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