NSW Police described a major police operation targeting an anti-lockdown protest scheduled for Saturday as a success, with “no real protest activity” in the Sydney metro area.
Across New South Wales, 32 people have been arrested in connection with planned protests, while police have issued 265 penalties breach notices. More than 60,000 vehicles were checked at 19 traffic points on major highways.
Police officers were also stationed on the railway networks where a number of arrests took place for breach of public health order and possession of knives.
More than 1,700 police officers were involved in the operation across the state, 1,500 of whom were deployed across Sydney. The rest were aimed at small protests in the NSW region, including Tweed Heads, Byron Bay, Central Coast, Wollongong and the south coast.
Deputy Commissioner Peter Thurtell said on Saturday the aim of the operation was to prevent protests and enforce public health order.
“And if you take a look at today’s results, I think you’ll find that our actions have been very professional, very well received by the public.
He said he believed that many people who previously supported the anti-lockdown protests appeared to have “changed their minds” about their participation, following the first large-scale protest and the police operation on the 24th. July.
“They saw that it was not only applied the same day, but that there were follow-up operations to identify those who violated not only the public health order, but more importantly those who had assaulted them. police horses and policemen, ”he said. .
“We have all been confined for some time now and the fact that others are prepared to put this at risk means we need to enforce the sanitary order. “
Throughout Saturday’s operation, 20 people were arrested in Greater Sydney and 236 PIN codes were issued. In Byron Bay, 11 people were arrested and 28 PINs were issued and one person was arrested and later received a PIN at Tweed Heads.