The NSW Supreme Court Has Ruled Against Tomorrow's Black Lives Matter Protest

People kneel and raise their fists during a Black Lives Matter protest in Sydney

The announcement followed remarks made by the Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrisson, who warned against "importing things that are happening overseas to Australia" commenting on hundreds of people marching through Sydney earlier on Tuesday over indigenous deaths and George Floyd's murder.

The Supreme Court of NSW has ruled a proposed Sydney Black Lives Matter protest to be unlawful under current COVID-19 public health orders.

Earlier, Ms Berejiklian said the government had given approval for the rally earlier in the week on the basis that it would be attended by a small number of people.

But Morrison said people should reconsider their planned action due to the threat of spreading coronavirus.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she understood the passion and need to protest, but this was trumped by the danger of a second wave of coronavirus if thousands of people attend.

"I don't diminish the importance of the issues and no one would deny them in normal circumstances", NSW Supreme Court Justice Desmond Fagan said.


The painters were reportedly commissioned by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, per CNN, and when New York Times writer Emily Badger happened upon the city workers on Friday morning, they casually said they were "just paintin' the streets".

- A protest in Melbourne is still scheduled to take place with state police approval.

"We will today be notifying [the organisers] that if this goes ahead, and the protest breaches the chief health officer restrictions, they will be getting infringements in all likelihood for the offence".

Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison urged citizens to reconsider due to the pandemic.

"Everyone has given up a lot in order to defeat the disease on the basis that this is best advice health officials have given us", he said.

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