Sydney’s anti-lockouts activist group Keep Sydney Open has announced plans to hold a “bigger, louder and stronger” rally on Saturday, 18th February following the forced cancellation of their planned rally over the weekend.
It’s been a whirlwind few days for Keep Sydney Open and their leader Tyson Koh, who were set to hold their third rally on Saturday night in Kings Cross. The event, which would have coincidentally gone down just one day after the shock retirement of NSW Premier Mike Baird, was cancelled on Friday after New South Wales Police refused to support the rally “due to safety concerns”. Despite an appeal from Keep Sydney Open the Supreme Court of NSW ruled in favour of the Police.
At the time Koh expressed his deep dissatisfaction at the decision by the Supreme Court to outlaw the rally at the last minute, stating on the Keep Sydney Open Facebook page “this state has told responsible adults when we can and can’t have fun, now it’s telling us when we can and can’t politically express ourselves.”
Now in a new statement Keep Sydney Open have announced that a new event will take place on February 18th. In a post on their Facebook page and on previous new Facebook event, organisers expressed that despite last night’s cancellation, they’ll be “working to make sure your voices are deafening for the state’s politicians.”
The new statement also outlines the extreme efforts that Keep Sydney Open went through to challenge the last minute suit filed by the NSW Police Comissioner on Friday, and expressed that now their efforts would be fully pledged to making sure the next event is “bigger, louder and stronger than the one originally scheduled.”
“We will be rallying at a crucial time, with a new premier coming into power we need to send a message that this issue is not going anywhere. This time we’re not just protesting to draw attention to the lockouts, but we’re fighting for our very right as citizens of NSW to gather on the streets and express ourselves politically.”
If that wasn’t enough for one weekend, Saturday also saw the first Sydney venues to score half an hour off their lockouts under newly relaxed lockout legislation.
Check out the statement in full, below.
Gallery: The Best Signs From The Keep Sydney Open Rally (October 2016)