Breaking News: A court has ruled the Sydney Black Lives Matter protest would be unlawful and should not take place.

Anyone who participates in the rally could now face charges.

The New South Wales Supreme Court tonight ruled that police can prevent the Sydney Black Lives matter protest from taking place, due to pandemic social distancing rules.

Justice Desmond Fagan said the decision had to weigh up free speech and assembly against that of public health interest.

“A gathering of 5,000 people for this particular cause, when people are advised not to gather in groups larger than 10 is an unreasonable proposition,” the court said.

“Many forms of public gathering have had to be restricted,” Justice Fagan says. This includes funeral services, where people have not been able to attend to farewell loved ones.

NSW Police had urgently applied for an order from the NSW Supreme Court to block the protest over fears the expected crowd of more than 10,000 would risk spreading COVID-19.

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