March In August, Sydney

As Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s popularity continues to fall, thousands took to the streets in numerous cities and towns around the country today to protest against many of the Liberal/National policies which have been announced so far.

Hyde Park in Sydney was the venue for that city’s March In August event.

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Occupy Sydney Protesters Moved On From Hyde Park

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Following the Occupy Sydney street march on Guy Fawkes Day (November 5), the movement’s members gathered in Hyde Park in downtown Sydney.

NSW Police line up in Hyde Park.

A member of Occupy Sydney in Hyde Park.

NSW Police obtaining video footage of Occupy Sydney protesters.

NSW Police line up in Hyde Park.

Protesters and police in Hyde Park.

A member of Occupy Sydney talking to police.

Protesters and police in Hyde Park.

Protesters and police in Hyde Park.

Live blogging from the Occupy Sydney gathering in Hyde Park.

An Occupy Sydney placard.

A protester arrested and charged for swearing during the Occupy Sydney gathering in Hyde Park.

Occupy Sydney protesters linking up in Hyde Park.

Police with a protester.

Occupy Sydney protesters linking up in Hyde Park.

Occupy Sydney protesters and police.

Meditating protesters at Hyde Park.

Riot Squad police line up at Hyde park.

Police dispersing the crowd from Hyde Park.

Police dispersing the crowd from Hyde Park.

Heading home.

New South Wales Police maintained a strong presence throughout the day, and just before 2:00 on Sunday morning (November 6), the protesters were instructed to move on or face the possibility of arrest.

The protesters held out until the last minute before leaving the park. Members of the NSW Police Force followed the group for several blocks to ensure that they dispersed.

The rally was mostly peaceful, but tense. Six protesters were arrested for various offences during the day.