Driver fined, several protesters charged on second day of CBD climate protests

Written by Javed Iqbal

Police also confirmed that a 31-year-old Bondi man who was seen driving his vehicle into protesters on Monday was fined for negligent driving, resulting in a $ 465 fine and three penalty points.

A spokesman for Blockade Australia said the driving license shows “how much stronger the police oppress non-violent activists than people who commit violence against them”.

Asked if the fine sends the right message, NSW Police Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Paul Toole said that the police “will rightly take action in relation to any illegal act that comes to their attention”.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Paul Dunstan, Chief of the Strike Force Guard, said: “Security in the community is our top priority”. He also said the police force “does not apologize for the arrests of people seeking to disrupt the livelihoods of Sydney residents who carry out their day-to-day business by engaging in illegal behavior.

“We have well-documented processes in place to facilitate legal demonstrations, but when protesters choose to ignore these rules, we will act quickly and intervene to prevent these illegal demonstrations from disrupting and disrupting traffic.”

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