People gather to protest for Indigenous rights. Someone holds a sign that says: 'We stand together'.

Peaceful protest is a human right – police should work with organisers

Responding to attempts by NSW police to ban peaceful protests in Sydney tomorrow, Amnesty International Australia Campaigner, Joel Clark, said:

“Peaceful protest is a fundamental human right, and the NSW police should work with organisers to ensure that attendees can social distance, and protests can be carried out in a safe manner. Police must also commit to not fine anyone inadvertently breaking a Covid-19 guideline.

“Many Australians have been affected by the murder of George Floyd, and many Australians know that the same issues are part of everyday life for many Australians, particularly Indigenous people and people of colour. Racism cannot be tolerated any longer, and the public must be able to use their voice to call it out.

“Amnesty calls on attendees to respect social distancing: maintain a 1.5 meter distance, wear masks, and wash their hands frequently.”

When courageous people protest, they make the world a better place. We must protect the right to protest wherever it is restricted and whenever it is at risk.

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