A day after hundreds of protesters were arrested for ‘breaching Covid restrictions’, Australian PM Scott Morrison has reiterated that the country will continue with lockdowns until the majority of citizens are fully vaccinated.
Authorities in Sydney extended the city’s lockdown until at least September to try to head off the ‘Delta variant’
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Stay-at-home orders were also extended across Melbourne’s state of Victoria on Saturday..
Brietbart reports: But Melbourne’s public health orders didn’t deter thousands from venting anger in a march against the lockdown rules, with police using pepper spray in violent clashes with protesters.
Seven officers were injured and more than 200 people were arrested in the “violent and unlawful” protest, Victoria Police said in a statement.
“While there were some peaceful protestors in attendance, the majority of those who attended came with violence in mind,” they said.
In Sydney more than 1,500 police flooded the city, setting up roadblocks and making dozens of arrests as around 250 gathered there, NSW Police said.
Large crowds were also reported at an anti-lockdown rally in Brisbane.
Sydneysiders were plunged into lockdown in late June, and restrictions now reach across two states and the nation’s capital, affecting over 15 million people.
Under a third of Australia’s population are fully vaccinated, as the arrival of Delta threatens to unwind the nation’s hard-fought pursuit of “covid zero”.
After a glacial rollout, nationwide vaccination efforts have accelerated in recent weeks, with leaders setting a target of over 70 per cent vaccination rates before restrictions ease.
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