NSW moves to block Black Lives Matter protest

Carla Harmon
June 5, 2020

"For the court to authorise a gathering would amount to a defiance of a judgement that has been made by ministers of the government and the public health officials who advise them".

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has urged people not to attend. Sit down the aunt I avoid at Thanksgiving, nobody said they didn't.

A familiar retort to the suggestion that Black Lives Matter is that, in fact, All Lives Matter!

"I'm marching for my son, and nothing is stopping me".

Organizers said the rallies were meant to show solidarity with demonstrations in the USA following the death of George Floyd in police custody, and "institutionalized racism that Indigenous people face in Australia", the Canberra Times reported.

Justice Fagan addressed concerns NSW Police had that protests would become violent. "We want to work with you, and we expect that in return".

The protests in Sydney and other cities also intend to throw a spotlight on police treatment of Australian Indigenous people, including the deaths of Aboriginal men in custody.

On Friday, Berejiklian denied she had ever given a "green light" to the protest, which has grown in the number of people expected to attend in recent days.

NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant told the court a protest of 10,000 could "increase the risk of community-acquired infections and the seeding of clusters".

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.

"We found a way to celebrate those who gave us our liberty. For those that have agendas that are not about justice, this family will not let you use George as a prop", he said.

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