MELBOURNE, September 18 (Reuters) – Australian police arrested 235 people in Melbourne and 32 in Sydney on Saturday in unsanctioned anti-lockdown demonstrations and several police officers injured in collisions with protesters.
Victoria Police said: six officers required hospitalization. Several officers were knocked to the ground and trampled, police said and showed television images.
About 700 people managed to collect in components of Melbourne, as 2,000 officers made the city center virtually a no-go zone, setting up checkpoints and barricades. Public transport and ride shares in the city were suspended.
In Sydney, riot police officers, highway patrols, detectives and… general tasks police were also on the street, thus avoiding large gatherings.
Australia is struggling with an outbreak of the Delta variant of the coronavirus since half June, with both Sydney and Melbourne, and the capital Canberra, in strict lockdowns for weeks now. On Saturday there were 1,882 new cases of coronavirus reported, most of them in Sydney.
Most of the limitations in Victoria, New South Wales and Canberra are too remain up to at least 70% of die 16 years and older are fully vaccinated, which is based on on the current pace of vaccinations may include: in the end of October of begin November.
a high rate of compliance with public health orders helped Australia maintain numbers of infections relatively low, with just under 85,000 total cases and 1,145 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
The vast majority of Australians support vaccinations and the public health measures, but there have been sporadic and sometimes violent protests against in charge of the pandemic.
“It was extremely disappointing to see another example of An small minority of the community show one complete ignore for health and safety of not just the police, but every other Victorian,” said Victoria Police in a statement.
Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Chris Reese, Richard Pullin & Simon Cameron-Moore
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