Horse-riding protester cops hefty fine after rowdy border rally

A man who dragged a horse into a rowdy Queensland-NSW border protest, galloping the animal through the crowd, has copped hefty fines from police on both sides of the border.

The 52-year-old is accused of egging on the more than 2000 people who gathered on the southern Gold Coast on Sunday to protest against the COVID-19 lockdown and tough border restrictions.

“Cross the border. Everyone cross the border, they can’t hold all of us,” the man could be heard chanting as he rode his horse down the street in Coolangatta.


ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT


Following ongoing investigations, the Murwillumbah man handed himself into Tweed Heads Police Station on Monday.

He was fined $3,000 for unlawfully participating in an outdoor gathering during a lockdown.

The horseback protester also copped a hefty $4,135 fine by Queensland Police for failing to comply with a Chief Health Officer direction.

It comes after Tweed Police on Monday charged six people and issued fines to 55 others over the rally.

The charges include assaulting police, resisting arrest, hindering police, drug possession, unlawfully participating in an outdoor gathering in a lockdown area and not complying with COVID directions.

All six people, aged between 27 and 64, were granted bail to front Tweed heads Local Court on September 20.