Australia was recently in the news for restricting the right to protest during a surge in COVID cases:
Hundreds of fines have been issued and dozens charged in Sydney after anti-lockdown protesters marched and clashed with police in what one deputy commissioner called “violent, filthy, risky behaviour”.
The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, said on Sunday the previous day’s protests – in which thousands breached the region’s coronavirus measures to protest – were “selfish and self-defeating”, adding: “It achieves no purpose. It won’t end the lockdown sooner.”
What type of protests are currently legal in NSW? From smallest to biggest:
- Posting "I disagree with lockdowns" on Facebook (virtual protest)
- Starting a video stream from home protesting the lockdowns
- Hanging a "I disagree with lockdowns" poster on your balcony
- Wearing a protest shirt outside your house, within the 5km travel boundary
- Standing outside alone, with a mask, holding a protest sign, while within the 5km boundary
- Gathering in a group of people, everyone masked up, 6 feet away, and only traveling within a 5km radius from ones home
The article seems to imply that all forms of protesting are now illegal, is this interpretation correct? Or did they only get penalized for violating the 5km rule and not wearing masks?