Two arrested amid police operation to deter Sydney lockdown protesters

Police in Sydney have launched a highly visible and mobile operation today to disrupt any COVID-19 protests and prevent mass gatherings.

Police closed down roads today around Sydney Park, in the inner-city suburb of Alexandria.

Officers arrested at least two people in the area. It comes as protests on a much larger scale in Melbourne turned violent this afternoon.

Officers arrested two people near Sydney Park, in the inner-city suburb of Alexandria.
Officers arrested two people near Sydney Park, in the inner-city suburb of Alexandria. (9News)

Police set up roadblocks at several locations around the Sydney, including North Sydney, Zetland as well as the City West Link.

There was also a police presence at Victoria Park in the inner-city and at Bass Hill shopping centre in Sydney’s south-west.

New South Wales Police Minister David Elliott this week said any mass protests would be a major public health risk and police would take firm action to prevent gatherings.

“There is no doubt that these protests are a risk to public health – for the community, for police as well as for the individual health of the protesters themselves,” Mr Elliott said.

“We’ve seen past protesters end up contracting COVID-19, so anyone who is still considering protesting needs take a good hard look at themselves.”

Police cordoned off large parts of central Sydney. (Getty)
Emergency services were mobilised in Sydney ahead of planned lockdown protests today. (Getty)

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Mal Lanyon said today’s operation mirrored previous efforts, which he said had been successful in preventing protest activity.

“We have put in place an extremely mobile police operation with significant resources, to respond to whatever situation we are faced with.”

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