Police are trying to shut down this weekend’s Keep Sydney Open rally

The NSW Police Commissioner has gone all the way to the Supreme Court to try and shut down this weekend’s anti-lockouts rally, Keep Sydney Open report.

In a post on their Facebook page today, Keep Sydney Open revealed that the NSW police are attempting to prohibit Saturday’s rally, and that the case will be decided in court today. “It should be noted that despite receiving lawful notice of the rally on January 9 that the Crown only filed proceedings against KSO yesterday at 4pm, serving us at 6pm,” KSO write.

In the meantime, KSO say, they’re pushing on with the preparations for Saturday night, which will see an expected crowd of several thousand march on Kings Cross in the fight to save Sydney’s nightlife. This weekend’s rally specifically opposes the the NSW Government’s planned 30-minute extension to the lockout laws, an amendment Keep Sydney Open say is “not enough” to save the city’s nightlife.

Keep Sydney Open want the 2am lockout lifted, as well as exemptions to the 3.30am cease of service time and the ban on the sale of takeaway alcohol after 11pm reverted back to midnight; they are also calling for measures like 24-hour public transport and the appointment of a Night Mayor.

KSO will update marchers on today’s Supreme Court verdict as soon as it’s handed down. “The right to peaceful protest has been a cornerstone of our campaign, and we will vigorously fight for it on your behalf. That’s a promise,” they posted. “Stay tuned.”

Sydney duo Flight Facilities are due to DJ at this Saturday’s rally.

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