Police call on troops to help enforce Sydney’s blockade rules

The Australian Defense Force has convened to help police expand the blockade operation in the Greater Sydney area as the New South Wales (NSW) government is moving to enforce stricter CCP virus blockade rules. it was done.

New South Wales Police Force Commissioner Mick Fuller dispatches 300 defense forces over the next few days as the city addresses blockade compliance issues related to the outbreak of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus Delta variant. He said he hoped the group would support his efforts.

“ADF support has been essential for the past 18 months, especially with logistical support at last year’s border operations, ongoing hotel quarantine operations, and police operations centers,” said Fuller. Media release July 29th.

New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller
New South Wales Police Force Commissioner Mick Fuller will ask questions at a press conference held at the Victorian Border Crossing in South Albury, Australia, on November 22, 2020. (Lisa Marie Williams / Getty Images)

“With the increase in enforcement activity next week, I have now formally requested the Prime Minister to support ADF personnel to support the operation,” Fuller said.

NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklean has tightened the limit of 2 million people in eight municipalities in western Sydney. These people can only leave the council area as essential workers.

Masks are required to be worn at all times, including outdoors, and people are limited to within 5 km (3.1 miles) of their home.

Police can also shut down businesses that repeatedly violate public health orders.

“There’s nothing off the table,” Fuller said in terms of increased compliance, and executives would go door-to-door in search of people in the wrong homes.

This is one of the police activities that Fuller requested ADF personnel to assist in the execution.

David Elliott, Minister of Police and Paramedics in New South Wales, welcomed the move.

“As I said earlier, Army support will add another line of defense to the New South Wales government’s crackdown on COVID-19 compliance,” Elliott said.

“The Army’s unique skills and training have repeatedly combined the skills and training of police officers to serve the people of New South Wales in the event of recent floods, wildfires and other crises. ..

“This will be a functional, effective and dynamic team to fight this pandemic,” he said.

NSW Prime Minister Gladys Beregicrian Extends Great Sydney Blockage
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Beregikrian will speak at the COVID-19 update and press conference on July 28, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Lisa Marie Williams Pool / Getty Images)

This is a national record of 239 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases from 24 hours to 8 pm on July 28, with the Sydney blockade extended by another month due to the high number of cases. After breaking the record.

Berejiklean said new cases are expected to increase in the coming days, given that more than 80 people were circulating in the community during the infection.

“We can only assume that things are likely to get worse before things get better,” Premier said. Said on July 29th..

Military support will be sought five days after the thousands of anti-blockage movements in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Fuller named the Sydney protesters “anarchists” and revealed that 57 people had been prosecuted after receiving more than 10,000 information about individuals involved in police.

Blockade protest
On July 24, 2021, thousands of protesters will march on the streets of Sydney’s Central Business District, Australia. (Steven Saphore / AFP via Getty Images)

AAP contributed to this report.

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