Men charged for allegedly hitting horse during violent Sydney protest

Two men have been charged with allegedly striking a police horse during yesterday’s “disgraceful” anti-lockdown protest in Sydney’s CBD.

Thousands of people ignored the city’s stay-at-home order to march unmasked through the streets in protest of the current COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions.

During the rally, hundreds of officers were assaulted and police horses were struck and pushed.


One image in particular sparked outrage across the country, with the photo showing a man allegedly punching a police horse named ‘Tobruk’ in the face.

The photo went viral on social media, with police appealing for help to identify the man responsible.

It didn’t take long, with police confirming this morning that they had arrested a 33-year-old man at a unit on Marlborough Street in Surry Hills.

He was taken to Kings Cross Police Station and charged with affray, join or continue in unlawful assembly, commit an act of cruelty upon an animal, and not comply with noticed direction.

Another man, aged 36, was also arrested at a house in Edensor Park.

He was taken to Fairfield Police Station and charged with assault officer in execution of duty, commit an act of cruelty upon an animal, not comply with noticed direction.

Both men were refused bail to appear in Parramatta Local Court today.

Strike Force Detectives have been working throughout the night to identify those involved in yesterday’s protest, with police warning further arrests are expected to be made today.

In some good news, NSW Police have confirmed that Tobruk is doing well.

“Our beautiful brave Tobruk safe and uninjured after his awful encounter today,” police posted on Facebook.

“Thank you again everyone for your words of support.”