The controversial Black Lives Matter protest has gone ahead in Sydney as 20,000 protesters descended on the city, after the march was given the green light just minutes before it was due to start. Crowds gathered outside Town Hall on Saturday afternoon despite the Supreme Court banning the protest on Friday in a last ditch attempt to enforce social distancing restrictions. But in a last minute reprieve the ‘Stop All Black Deaths in Custody’ rally was declared an authorised public assembly after a late decision by the Court of Appeal – meaning it could go ahead legally. The decision means protesters cannot be arrested for blocking roads along the planned route from Town Hall to Belmore Park. It came after two people were arrested just at around 2.30pm and one man waving an ‘All Lives Matter’ sign was led away by police. Tens of thousands of demonstrators are joining rallies in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Hobart on Saturday to show solidarity with the BLM movement and African American George Floyd, who died while being arrested in Minneapolis. A woman is pictured at the Stop All Black Deaths in Custody rally in Sydney holding a sign calling for justice for George… Read full this story
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