Police withdraw #Occupy Sydney court challenge


Police have withdrawn an application in the New South Wales Supreme Court to prevent an Occupy Sydney protest going ahead tomorrow.

Earlier the NSW Police Force had released a statement saying it has tried repeatedly but without success to negotiate a route through central Sydney that would allow the protest to proceed peacefully and safely.
But police relented after Occupy Sydney organisers agreed to alter their route to march from the Sydney Town Hall to Martin Place but not back again.
Police had said they were worried about crowd control, traffic management and public safety, including the possibility of violence on a sunny weekend day that is expected to draw families into the city.

The force also had specific concerns about the impact of the protest on a wedding at St Andrew’s Cathedral and a Christmas concert at the nearby the Town Hall.

The barrister representing the activists, Stuart Littlemore QC, told the media outside court that “all compromises in these areas are good ideas”.

About Darin Sullivan (1973 Articles)
Former President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (2009-2018) and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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