Dozens of policemen have gathered before a Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney, warning that they will not hesitate to arrest protesters.
Thousands of demonstrators will gather in Sydney and Melbourne this weekend for a second round of rallies after 90,000 took to the streets a week ago.
The first is a protest against the deaths of the Aboriginal people in custody in Sydney on Friday evening. Hundreds of police officers arrive two hours earlier.
Separate events will follow on Saturday demanding the release of detained refugees across Australia.
Dozens of police officers arrived in Sydney City Hall two hours earlier on Friday to protest Black Lives Matter to prevent anyone from leaving
The entire district of the town hall was cordoned off when hundreds of officers flooded the area with excessive force
NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Mick Willing said the police would use "substantial resources" to enforce the corona virus rules and could issue notices or arrests
None of the protests were approved by the police, and NSW's Supreme Court rejected a challenge on Saturday from the organizers of the refugee rally in Sydney.
Participants risk fines or arrests by violating coronavirus crowd gathering limits and must not block traffic.
Outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people in NSW and 20 in Victoria – far from the thousands who want to show up anyway.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that any protester should be fined or arrested for violating the rules, but chiefs of police have said this is impractical.
Aboriginal deaths in custody protest, Sydney
A protest against black custody deaths will begin on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in front of Sydney City Hall. Up to 4,000 people are expected.
The event is a follow-up to the 50,000-strong march last Saturday in solidarity with the BLM protests that arose in the United States after the alleged murder of George Floyd by the police.
The protest is organized by the Anticolonial Asian Alliance, the Indigenous Social Justice Association and the Autonomous Collective of the University of Sydney against racism.
AAA is a shady group of activists of Asian origin who "work in solidarity with the communities and elders of the First Nations to break down colonialism".
Group member Eme, a 26-year-old artist and activist, recently stated in an interview with the National Association for the Visual Arts that she wanted to fight colonialism.
"We learn to hate ourselves, hate our brown skin, facial features, and love ourselves, and that's pretty much being local and unpacking all of the self-loathing and colonized mentality," she said.
The protest against black custody deaths begins on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in front of Sydney City Hall. Up to 4,000 people are expected
Police horses joined a large number of police officers who stood in the rain in front of the town hall
AAA released a graphic of a hooded woman holding a finger to her lips and encouraging people not to "sneak up" against demonstrators who violated the law.
"Don't Snitch! Let us protect each other from all forms of damage, including state violence, ”says the graphic.
"Instead of calling crime stoppers, try talking to people about the importance of distance."
Raul Bassi, a leader of ISJA, is an experienced activist and the main organizer of both Friday's protest and Saturday's march.
He is a driver of the Toll Fast Office in Banksmeadow during the day and has a long history as a protest organizer for Aboriginal and Palestinian people.
Mr. Bassi said the NSW Court of Appeal's decision to allow the first protest would create "legal precedent" for the second rally on Friday.
& # 39; It was a wonderful protest last week, we were strong. In the end, only three people were arrested, ”he said.
This event is about the inhumane treatment of people in Long Bay Prison.
"Maybe we won't take them to court, but to court."
The Anticolonial Asian Alliance released a graphic of a hooded woman holding a finger to her lips and encouraging people not to "sneak up" against demonstrators who break the law
Raul Bassi, a leader of ISJA, is an experienced activist and the main organizer of both Friday's protest and Saturday's march
The Anticolonial Asian Alliance led the 50,000-strong march last Saturday out of solidarity with the BLM protests that emerged in the United States after the alleged police murder of George Floyd
Mr Bassi said that racism was as important, urgent and deadly as the corona virus, and that the protest was necessary.
& # 39; Yes, the virus is a big problem. But we believe there is another virus and we have to react now, ”he said.
& # 39; This virus is the racism-based virus. It is a virus that kills Aboriginal people. & # 39;
The University of Sydney's Autonomous Collective Against Racism is an official branch of the university's student association.
Oscar Monaghan, Bridget Harilaou, Shiran Mario Illanperuma and Tabitha Prado-Richardson are listed as officers on the union's website.
Harilaou is a writer and activist who described herself in an April column for SBS as an "agenda" with a Christian-Chinese-Indonesian background.
"I let go of femininity openly. I no longer identify with the gender assigned to me at birth – a common way of understanding transidentity, ”wrote Harilaou.
Bridget Harilaou, autonomous collective colleague of the University of Sydney against Racism, is one of the organizers of the BLM protest on Friday
Harilaou has participated in numerous protests for Aboriginal people, refugees, decriminalization of abortions and West Papuan purposes
She was arrested dramatically during a refugee protest in the Canberra parliament building in 2016
“My gender has become a place where I can actively let go of all the gender-specific social and cultural norms imposed on me and build up my own gender-specific expression and my own embodiment.
& # 39; I chose the word & # 39; Agender & # 39; decided, which means that there is no gender or gender. The word woman simply describes a relationship with patriarchy, it is a dynamic of power, an external construct that has nothing to do with who I am inside. & # 39;
Harilaou has participated in numerous protests for Aboriginal people, refugees, decriminalization of abortions and West Papuan purposes.
She was arrested dramatically during a protest in 2016 and was part of other demonstrations where other activists were arrested.
Harilaou accused the police of instigating the ugly scenes at Central Station at the end of last Saturday's protest in Sydney.
“We decided to march when the courts said it was illegal and we were great when the police advanced. I am proud of my comrades, ”she then wrote on Twitter.
Another Sydney University organizer, Tabitha Prado-Richardson, describes herself as a writer, researcher, and astrologer of the Afro-Nicaraguan heritage
"I am physically uninjured, but injured for the condition of society. No justice, no peace, abolish the police. & # 39;
Ms. Prado-Richardson describes herself as a writer, researcher and astrologer of the Afro-Nicaraguan heritage.
Friday's protest is fully focused on Aboriginal deaths in custody after inmates were tearfully gassed on Monday during an uprising at Long Bay Prison in Sydney.
Prisoners spelled “BLM” after two fights between groups of inmates at the exercise site.
Corrective Services said the immediate action team had put down an uprising, but the protest organizers presented it as police brutality.
"These violent and harsh reactions are inhumane, especially at a time when family visits have been suspended for more than two months and no plans have been announced to reverse this," the event page says.
NSW police deputy commissioner Mick Willing said the protest was not authorized because the organizers had not officially notified the police
Deputy Commissioner Willing said the police would use "significant resources" to enforce the coronavirus rules and could make notices or arrests
The police wore masks to protect themselves against coronaviruses when they gathered in groups waiting for the arrival of up to 4,000 demonstrators
“Police brutality is not an island event – it is the result of a cancer system that actively uses violence against detained people, many of whom are First Nations.
"We cannot stand by and watch these injustices happen in Australia's prisons, and we cannot rely on the government to hold itself accountable. That is why we are fighting for justice."
NSW police deputy commissioner Mick Willing said the protest was not authorized because the organizers had not officially notified the police.
He said the police would use "substantial resources" to enforce the coronavirus rules and could provide clues or make arrests.
"While the NSW Police Force recognizes and supports the right of individuals to exercise their right to freedom of expression in normal circumstances, these are not normal circumstances," he said.
Protest against refugee rights, Sydney
A protest against the release of refugees in immigration detention will take place in Sydney, although the Supreme Court has ruled this to be illegal.
The Refugee Action Coalition applied for approval of the protest to free participants from corona virus collection limits.
"We wouldn't put people in a different situation than going to the mall or getting on a train or bus," organizer Nick Riemer told The Today Show on Friday morning.
Dr. Riemer is a lecturer in English and linguistics at the University of Sydney and an experienced protest organizer who also campaigned for the BLM rally last Saturday.
Nick Riemer is a lecturer in English and Linguistics at the University of Sydney and an experienced protest organizer who leads the refugee rally in Sydney
He argued that the protest was against coronavirus because refugees were kept in crowded, unsanitary conditions that made them susceptible to infection.
“If the authorities want to end a protest, they rely on health reasons. If they want to torture refugees, their health is out of the window, ”he tweeted after the Supreme Court decision.
"Our demands for freedom and justice must not be silenced."
Dr. Riemer scolded the BLM protest, which was put down by the court last week before this decision was overturned in the appeal process.
"I will not allow public health to become the latest excuse for ratifying state violence against Aboriginal people for the umpteenth time," he wrote.
Professional activist James Supple is another organizer of Sydney's rally for refugees who appealed to the court because RAC had not asked for approval.
"I don't accept that it's a gross policy violation," he told the court.
Professional activist James Supple is another organizer of Sydney's rally for refugees who appealed to the court because RAC had not asked for approval
Mr. Supple said that only 150 to 200 demonstrators were expected and that this would not make social distancing difficult.
All participants were asked to wear masks and their details were given if contact tracking was required.
The RAC lawyer, Barrister Emmanuel Kerkyasharian, said the protests could not be delayed because of the plight of the refugees, as the police demanded.
"The purpose of this protest is to deal with people who are in prison against their will," he told the court.
& # 39; Every day is important. It's important every day. & # 39;
However, Judge Michael Walton sided with the police and for health reasons refused to approve the protest.
"These risks to public health, even when mitigated, outweigh the rights to public assembly and freedom of speech in a public context," he said.
NSW police minister David Elliott welcomed the Supreme Court decision and said people could expect to be arrested for violating police orders.
"I urge those who are thinking to protest despite the Supreme Court decision and against the Health Council to rethink their plans immediately," he said.
Protest against refugee rights, Melbourne
A similar protest is planned for Melbourne on Saturday as part of a "national day of action" for refugee rights.
This is run by the Refugee Action Collective and is planned as a "decentralized" campaign to comply with the corona virus restrictions.
One of the organizers on the contact list of efforts is school teacher Lucy Honan, who underwent a public exam in 2016 for her activism.
She was a co-founder of Teachers for Refugees and was accused by affected parents of brainwashing students.
Ms. Horan was reprimanded in 2012 after telling children that they would not have to sit at NAPLAN if their parents had philosophical or religious objections.
One of the leaders of the Refugee Action Collective is school teacher Lucy Honan, who underwent a public examination in 2016 for her activism
On another occasion, Ms. Horan was "verbally reprimanded" after not properly preparing her class for a test.
In a 2016 campaign, the group of up to 500 educators wore shirts that read “Close the Camps, Bring them Here”.
"Some of us have taught refugees in offshore camps or here in the community and we know they are denied basic human rights," said Ms. Honan at the time.
"We know that there are both teachers and students on Nauru and Manus who should be in our schools, not in prison camps."
Protest organizers said Saturday's campaign will be spread across eight locations in Melbourne, including hotels and detention centers that house refugees.
There were other protest sites Border Guard Offices in Docklands, Casselden Place Immigration Office, Liberal Party Headquarters, State Library, State Parliament and Office of Immigration Minister Alan Tudge.
"The police told us that if we have more than 20 people, even at different times, we will violate health laws and be fined," the organizers said.
"We think this is an absurd and politically biased interpretation of health laws. However, to avoid further fines for refugee supporters, we decided to make this protest decentralized."