Police equipped with riot equipment rushed to the demonstration on Saturday and took hundreds of protesters by truck. Police equipped with riot equipment rushed to the demonstration on Saturday, when hundreds of protesters were removed by truck.
Police used pepper spray in Melbourne to disperse a crowd of more than 4,000 people, while a large number of riot police blocked small groups of protesters in Sydney.
Victorian state police said they arrested 218 people in the state capital, Melbourne. He was fined 236 for police assault and three were arrested. People arrested for violating public health regulations will receive fines of 5,452 ($ 3,900).
In New South Wales, the capital of Sydney, police said they had accused 47 people of violating or abstaining from public health regulations and imposed more than 260 fines, among other things. Police used riot gear on Friday for a demonstration in which hundreds of protesters were removed by truck.
Sydney, Australia’s largest city of more than 5 million people, has been in a state of serious confinement for more than two months and has been unable to curb the eruption that has spread to the internal border and even neighboring New Zealand.
Most of the 894 cases reported in Australia on Saturday were found in Sydney, the Delta variant fuel discharge center.
“In New South Wales, we are in a very serious situation,” said State Health Secretary Brad Hazard. “Now is not the time to be selfish, it’s time to think about the wider community and your family.”
Police patrolled the streets of Sydney and blocked private and public transport in the city center to reduce the number of people gathering during unauthorized demonstrations.
In the country’s second most populous city, Melbourne, State Prime Minister Daniel Andrews managed to pull out a large crowd after the city’s closure extended to the entire state, and some clashed with police.
Victoria Police Chief Shane Patton had previously warned people to stay out of the movement, saying it was “ridiculous to think people would be so selfish and would do this”.
Hundreds of people protested peacefully even in Brisbane, which was not closed.
Only 7% of Australians often support violent demonstrations, according to a study by market research firm Yutting Research at the end of July.
Compliance with public health regulations is one of the main reasons for Australia’s success in managing the epidemic compared to other rich countries. However, the country is struggling to curb the third wave of the epidemic, which began in mid-June in Sydney.
About 43,000 covid-19 cases and 978 deaths have been reported in Australia. But while that number is low, only a third of Australians aged 16 and over have received a complete vaccine, according to data released by the Federal Ministry of Health on Saturday.
New South Welsh authorities on Saturday hospitalized three deaths and 516 people. According to the authorities, 85 of the 76 people in the 76 intensive care units had not been vaccinated.
At least 96 people were active in society at the time of the infection, and several public health regulations were violated, all of which slowed the reduction of outbreaks.
In Victoria, at least 39 people were active in the community at the time of infection. Eighteen were in the hospital, eight in intensive care and six in the ventilator.
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