Coronavirus

Scott Morrison slams 'appalling' Sydney Black Lives Matter protest

Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants a Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney cancelled because it is against public health orders.

Scott Morrison has launched an attack on "appalling" anti-racism protesters over plans to break the rules on mass gatherings in Sydney.

A Black Lives Matter demonstration is planned for next Tuesday despite coronavirus heath orders banning large groups of people.

"That's appalling," the prime minister told 2GB radio on Wednesday.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has urged the public not to join the rally and flagged an attempt to block it in the Supreme Court.

Mr Morrison said people should listen to police and state government advice warning against the event over concerns it could spark a coronavirus outbreak.

"There's no special rule for people to not obey the law. What gives people a ticket to not obey the law?"

Protesters participate in a Black Lives Matter rally in Brisbane, 6 June 2020.
Protesters participate in a Black Lives Matter rally in Brisbane, 6 June 2020.
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More than 4000 people have registered their interest in attending the rally, which aims to highlight the issue of indigenous deaths in custody.

Organisers insist all attendees will be encouraged to exercise physical distancing, wear masks and use hand sanitiser.

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your state’s restrictions on gathering limits.

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

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