Cop allegedly ‘seriously’ assaulted

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    A Queensland police officer has allegedly been assaulted during lockdown protests at the NSW border, where three people have been arrested. A man has allegedly “seriously assaulted” a Queensland police officer while two other men were also detained during violent anti-lockdown protests held on either side of the NSW border.

    About 100 protesters gathered at Coolangatta on the Queensland side of the border to protest against lockdowns, but they were outnumbered by as many as 150 police. The rally lasted about an hour, during which a 39-year-old NSW man from Banora Point is alleged to have assaulted an officer.

    Police Acting Chief Superintendent Rhys Wildman said he was one of three men arrested on Sunday, who were all allegedly persons of interest from last Sunday’s protest at the border. “Unfortunately, on our side here in Queensland, we had three arrests,” Supt Wildman said.

    “One of those arrests actually involved the assault on one of our police officers — a severe assault. “A 39-year-old male from Queensland has actually been charged with serious assault and also obstructing police. “Two individuals were also arrested, and (will have) further action was taken against them about breaches of the chief health officer’s directions and other matters.

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    “All three of the offenders arrested here in Coolangatta were (allegedly) involved in last Sunday’s protest activities and were actually persons of interest. “As a result, we expect that further investigations will be ongoing between ourselves and NSW Police into possible further Covid-related matters, and enforcement action being taken.”

    Police will be ready if another protest, which has been rumored on social media to be planned for Tuesday, goes ahead. It comes a week after thousands gathered for violent and wild protests around the issue, during which a man was seen galloping on a horse through a crowd. The 52-year-old man declared, “They can’t arrest us all,” as he rode bareback through a large crowd at the Queensland-NSW border, was fined more than $7000. Read related topics: Brisbane

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