NSW Supreme Court bans Sydney Black Lives Matter protest

The NSW Supreme Court has ruled a planned Black Lives Matter protest in Sydney will not go ahead because it would endanger other members of the public and go against direct orders from NSW public health authorities.

NSW Supreme Court Justice Desmond Fagan delivered his ruling just after 8pm on Friday, saying that to allow the protest “would amount to a defiance of orders made by the government”.

Event organisers told the court they could socially distance and provide the thousands of attendees with hand sanitiser but Justice Fagan said those measures were not sufficient to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading.

The court heard that police received a notice of protest for about 50 attendees last Friday but on June 4 that number was changed to about 5000 people.

While giving evidence, event organiser Raul Bassi said he was “sure” he had initially mentioned to police that it was a possibility around 4000 or 5000 people could attend the event


PUBLISHED: 20:10 AEST, 5 June 2020 | UPDATED: 20.49 AEST, 5 June 2020

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