Fears are mounting Sydney’s Covid outbreak could explode after fed-up residents from the virus-ravaged southwest stormed the CBD on Saturday.
In wild scenes, some protesters were spotted spitting at working media – with others proudly waving ‘Western Sydney Lives matter’ placards.
Frenzied crowds packed together shoulder-to-shoulder and mostly without masks swarmed the city centre from midday.
Some of the chants were said to have been ‘f*ck the media’ and ‘Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi’.
A father and son from Fairfield in Sydney’s south-west, where case numbers continue to surge, told Daily Mail Australia they had travelled from the city’s Covid ground-zero to the CBD to be a part of the rally.
‘We aren’t scared of police,’ the father said.
NSW Police on Saturday arresting a man (pictured) who attended the illegal protest in Sydney’s CBD
Some protestors spat at working media and clashed with police as tensions mounted
A woman tries to push past police in a Sydney back street at Camperdown on Saturday during the protest
Another group of five protesters, all who wouldn’t be named, boasted they had travelled from the Covid-ravaged south-west for the rally.
”We don’t give a f*** mate, this lockdown is killing us,’ one said.
‘If you think we’re defiant, wait until you see the kids we’re raising,’ read one mother’s sign as she marched through Victoria Park.
The protests are a response to Covid lockdowns imposed in NSW, Victoria and South Australia, with more than half the country’s 25million people ordered to stay at home over an outbreak which began in Sydney’s east last month.
Shocked onlookers in the Harbour City fear the rally could spell disaster for Sydney’s Delta outbreak.
‘The Sydney anti-lockdown protest is a superspreader event in the making. If the sheer number of people wasn’t enough, everyone is also screaming at the top of their lungs (without masks) and potentially spreading droplets all over the damn place,’ one said.
NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys earlier warned a lockdown protest in Sydney would be ‘disastrous’ .
‘It’s not really the time for people to come together closely, to exercise somewhat they would think was their democratic right and it may well be,’ he said.
‘NSW Police are in a position where they will try and work with the organisers and the specific group leaders to make sure that they comply with the public health orders, and in fact we don’t get a situation where we end up with a spreading event in Sydney which would, of course, be disastrous’.
‘At the present time we’ve got cases going through the roof, and we have people thinking that it’s OK to get out there and possibly be close to each other at a demonstration. I just think that’s a bit silly.’
Soon after the march began, protestors broke through a police barrier to continue down George St but were stopped at King St.
There is a heavy police presence, including mounted police and riot officers.
Protestors began marching in Sydney’s CBD at 12pm, with one sign stating ‘ Drop Your Mask, Raise Your Voice’
Police made multiple officers in Sydney’s CBD on Saturday, as the lockdown protests threatens to get out of control
One fired up protestor in Sydney on Saturday held up a sign which read ‘The media is the virus’
Retired boxer Anthony Mundine was spotted at the rally, and later posted videos on his social media
Protesters threw plastic bottles and plants hurled from the street at officers, with several confirmed arrests.
Just days after receiving his second fine for breaching the Public Health Order, former boxer Anthony Mundine was spotted at the rally.
He has already been fined twice for refusing to wear a mask in Bunnings and for travelling to Ballina, in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.
‘Choc’ Mundine posted videos on social media from the crowd in Victoria Park, Camperdown while chanting ‘freedom’.
The protest comes as Covid-19 case numbers in NSW reached another record high on Saturday.
Some 163 new local cases were reported, up from 136 cases on Friday.