Syd’s Invasion Day March Called Off Last Minute Over Reported Fears Cops Would ‘Incite A Riot’

The Invasion Day march in Sydney has been called off, with one organiser reportedly saying they were too concerned police would “incite a riot” to allow the march to go ahead.

“We’ve been threatened by police intimidation saying they will smash us if we take to the streets,” Gomeroi woman Gwenda Stanley said, according to NITV reporter Rachael Hocking.

“Instead of allowing them to incite a riot, we’ve advised everyone to disperse and stay safe.”

There are reports several people have been arrested by NSW Police, but it is not known how many or why.

Thousands of people had gathered on Djarrbarrgalli (The Domain) on Gadigal land in Sydney on January 26 for Invasion Day, despite the NSW Government refusing to grant an exemption for the rally to go ahead.

Folks sat in groups of 500 people in order to be compliant with current state health orders, with almost 100 COVID safety marshals on hand to keep the event safe. Everyone was wearing masks and asked to bring hand sanitiser.

The event appeared to be a largely peaceful one. According to The Guardian, most attendees complied with requests from organisers to disperse.

“We negotiated with police to have a sit-down ceremony and gathering at the Domain,” organiser Paul Silva told the publication.

“And I would say upon dispersing, a small group of people decided to cause conflict between police, and due to that, they were not arrested, but detained and fined.”

Police are due to make a statement at 1pm.