Two men have been charged with animal cruelty after they allegedly struckpolice horses at an anti-COVID lockdown rally in Sydney’s CBD yesterday.

NSW Police have established a strike force to identify “as many people aspossible” who attended the rally in defiance of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.

Thousands of protesters marched through Sydney’s inner-city yesterdayafternoon, many of them unmasked and brandishing placards with anti-vaccination messages, in a rally that at times descended into violence.

Images and footage taken at the protest appeared to show police horses beingshoved and struck.Among them was police horse Tobruk, who authorities havesince confirmed was uninjured in the affray. Police arrested and charged 57people and issued 90 others with infringement notices at the rally itself.

Image: Police arrest a 36-year-old man at a house in Kalang Road, EdensorPark, in Sydney’s south-west. He’s since been charged with animal cruelty andassaulting an officer in the execution of duty, as well as breaching COVID-19restrictions. (NSW Police)

Source: Lara Pearce –

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