Court rules against marches

In Australia police went to court to stop protests over the death of George Floyd:

The court heard NSW Police opposed the protest, which was expected to attract close to 5000 people, not only because it breached restrictions imposed to stop the spread of COVID-19 but because of the risk of violence.

In a hearing that stretched for more than four hours, NSW Supreme Court Justice Desmond Fagan said the social distancing measures imposed to date have been “the key element” in stopping the spread of COVID-19, and allowing the protest to go ahead at this time was “an unreasonable proposition”.

An affidavit by NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant was tendered in court in support of the police application.

Justice Fagan did not make an order prohibiting the protest, but refused an order allowing it to go ahead, which had the same legal effect. Protesters may still attend the event, as organisers have foreshadowed, but may be exposed to criminal sanctions for doing so. . .

Politicians and Australia’s chief medical officer have also spoken out against the marches because of the risk of a second wave of Covid-19 infections.

Contrast that with the deafening silence from politicians, police and health officials before the marches for the same cause here.

Muriel Newman says, the marches show the Covid-19 restrictions have become a farce:

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is now looking foolish after thousands of people took to the streets in protest action on Monday, thumbing their nose at her Level 2 lockdown rules, while the Police watched on doing nothing. Nor was there any talk of prosecutions, despite the event being heavily broadcast on social media.

Penalties for breaching the Level 2 rules, which restrict public gatherings to 100 and private gatherings to 10, include six months in jail or a fine of up to $4,000.

The official non-response is typical of our politicians and their agencies, talking tough but when confronted, their authority often dissolving into nothing.

What the protesters have done is highlight the farcical nature of the current lockdown restrictions. Everyone knows it – apart from government politicians. The country needs to immediately go into level 1. Next week is another week too long. It’s another week of businesses bleeding money and laying off staff as they follow ridiculous rules. The restrictions killing small businesses are the same ones the protesters totally ignored and suffered no consequences whatsoever for doing so. . . 

The marchers all around the world not only show a total disregard for the health risks and sacrifices so many have made to stop the spread of Covid-19, they show a total complete lack of imagination.

New Zealanders managed to observe Anzac Day while adhering to social distancing requirements, there are myriad ways people could protest about George Floyd’s death without risking the health of themselves and others.


9 Responses to Court rules against marches

  1. adamsmith1922 says:

    Reblogged this on The Inquiring Mind.


  2. Tom Hunter says:

    I’m sorry to say that you are missing the point as a Right-Winger.

    The point is that this is simply the most blatant example of having one set of rules for the Right (like the MAGA hat wearer in your ther post) and one set of rules for the Left.

    More of this is coming. You don’t imagine these people really have any sense of civil liberties or decency towards their opponents do you?


  3. homepaddock says:

    “You are missing the point”: The point is that the murder of George Floyd was a heinous crime but that is not an excuse for mass gatherings which risk the spread of Covid-19. With a little imagination people could protest without risking spreading infection. Standing at Dawn was a very powerful and uniting way to observe Anzac Day, something similar could be just as powerful a protest for this cause. Civil societies can only have one set of rules for everyone and those in authority must set the example by observing them and making it plain everyone else must too. If it’s not safe to be at level 1 with gatherings of more than 100 for funerals, weddings, social events, businesses . . . It’s not safe for thousands to march no matter how awful the crimes against which they’re protesting.


  4. pdm says:

    Covid rules are well past there use by date.

    This week I have been into a number of businesses etc in Hastings. The only one that I was asked to provide details at was the Hastings Library – the rest were walk in and walk out no details required and at least two were national chains.


  5. Roj Blake says:

    Peaceful marches around Australia, except NSW (of course) where police took exception to being called nasty names and used pepper spray. The Police need to be above that, I am sure they have been called far worse by hardened criminals.

    And this comes just a few days after a NSW police officer swept the legs out from under an Indigenous man who was complying with all Police requests.

    432 black deaths in custody since 1991, zero charges. No accountability.

    Black lives matter.


  6. homepaddock says:

    All lives matter & so do the rules established to reduce the spread of Covid-19. With a little imagination people could make powerful protests without congregating in ways that increase the chance of spreading infection.


  7. Roj Blake says:

    We said – Black lives matter.

    We never said – Only black lives matter.

    We know all lives matter.

    We just need your help with Black Lives Matter, because Black Lives are under in danger.


  8. homepaddock says:

    It’s the method of protesting – specifically breaching Covid-19 rules – that I have criticised not the reason for the protests. Any lives are in danger with police, or anyone else, that doesn’t value and respect all lives.


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