• Tony Bosworth

Charges laid over Sydney CBD protest as Strike Force Seasoned investigates - 200 identified so far

Police are on the trail of anyone who was at the Sydney CBD march yesterday and have started laying charges, handing out fines, and have arrested protestors.

Police estimated the Saturday crowd at 3500 and say they have received more than 5500 reports from members of the public since then as they continue to investigate yesterday’s protest under Strike Force Seasoned.

Strike force investigators arrested and charged two men – aged 33 and 36 – overnight with commit an act of cruelty on an animal, after they allegedly assaulted a police horse. They were also charged with several other offences, were refused bail, and remain before the courts.

During the protest, 63 people were arrested.

Thirty-five people – aged between 18 and 69 - were charged with various offences, including assault police officer in execution of duty, resist officer in execution of duty, wilfully obstruct officer in execution of duty and not comply with noticed direction re 7/8/9 – COVID-19.

Of these, 20 were refused bail and appeared at Parramatta Local Court today - Sunday.

Fifteen were granted conditional bail to appear at Downing Centre and Newtown Local Courts at a later date.

At least 90 Penalty Infringement Notices were also issued for breaches of the public health orders.

So far, investigators have identified over 200 people.

Investigators are following up every report and have issued two court attendance notices and PINS to 16 people today.

Anyone with information or vision of yesterday’s protest activity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers through the online portal or by contacting 1800 333 000. Every single report will be investigated.

Police continue to appeal to the community to report suspected breaches of any public health order or behaviour which may impact on the health and safety of the community by contacting Crime Stoppers: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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