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Black Lives Matter protest wins authorisation appeal

The NSW Court of Appeal reversed yesterday's decision to note authorise the protest

Protestors outside the Supreme Court yesterday. Source: AAP.

Protestors have won an appeal to authorise today’s Black Lives Matter protest at Sydney Town Hall. 

The NSW Court of Appeal has overruled last night’s Supreme Court decision that the NSW Police Commissioner had not already authorised the protest, meaning last night’s decision was invalid due to jurisdictional error. 

The Court of Appeal’s decision was announced minutes before the protest was due to start, after thousands of people had already gathered for the protest at Town Hall.

The decision to authorise the protest means protestors will be immune from being charged with particular types of offences, such as obstructing traffic.

NSW Police have closed Town Hall station, but Central station remains open for those travelling to the protest.

More to come.

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