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Exclusion zone, police checkpoints in place

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An exclusion zone is in place for Sydney’s CBD and police have set up checkpoints around the city to stop cars, to prevent a repeat of last weekend’s anti-lockdown protests.

Thousands of people took to the streets on July 24 to protest the current public health measures, holding signs and chanting slogans.

Police interact with demonstrators during an anti-lockdown protest in Sydney’s CBD on July 24.Credit:Brook Mitchell

In tense moments, police clashed with demonstrators and mounted police were pelted with pot plants and other projectiles.

NSW Police have not yet released a statement on the exclusion zone, which is expected to last from 9am to 3pm.

Large numbers of police, including mounted police, have gathered in the city, while a large police operation has closed lanes of major roads into the city to stop the flow of traffic and check cars.

Lane closures are in place city-bound on Parramatta Road in Annandale, Southern Cross Drive at Zetland, the Pacific Highway and Gore Hill Freeway at Artarmon, Victoria Road at Rozelle, the Sydney Harbour Tunnel in both directions, and the City West Link at Lilyfield.

Police patrol Hyde Park on Saturday, to enforce an exclusion zone in place in the CBD.

Police patrol Hyde Park on Saturday, to enforce an exclusion zone in place in the CBD.Credit:Nick Moir

The restrictions also apply to taxis and rideshare services.

Police could be seen checking each car as it passed through the checkpoint on the City West Link.

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