Three arrested from Gold Coast/Tweed border protests on Sunday

Three people have been charged following another protest at the Queensland border yesterday.

Police officers on both sides of the border were more than ready with a coordinated response to deal with crowds at the checkpoints through Coolangatta and Tweed, after over a thousand people turned out last weekend.

It’s understood there were only around 100 people at yesterday’s demonstration, including a 39-year-old man who allegedly assaulted a police officer.


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Gold Coast Acting Chief Superintendent Rhys Wildman says they were prepared for a larger crowd.

“We had a larger presence than what was here last Sunday, and we had well-over 150 officers here on the ground on the Queensland side and similar numbers on the New South Wales side,” Acting Chief Superintendent Wildman said.

There were three arrests from the demonstration, including a 39-year-old Banora Point man who allegedly became violent with police.

It’s understood he was also a person of interest from last week’s demonstration.

“The officers were actually trying to arrest the male due to his behaviour, and then he actually assaulted officers during the arrest protest,” Acting Chief Superintendent Wildman said.

“As a result, we expect that further investigations will be ongoing between ourselves and the New South Wales police into possible further covid related matters and enforcement action being taken.

“The other two individuals who were also arrested are having further action taken against them in relation to breaching of the Chief Health Officer’s direction and other matters,” he said.