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Third man charged after violent Sydney protest

Violence outside church condemned

A third man has been charged over a violent street protest outside a church in Sydney’s south-west.

Trouble erupted on a Belfield street on Tuesday night when a small group of LGBTQI+ activists were attacked outside a church before NSW One Nation leader Mark Latham gave a speech.

Mr Latham was invited to speak at the church hall about parental rights ahead of Saturday’s NSW election.

Police say the LGBTQI+ activists were attacked by a large mob, who pelted them and police with glass bottles and other projectiles.

A constable was injured and the riot squad was called in to disperse the out-of-control crowd.

Detectives charged two men – aged 34 and 41 – on Wednesday and a 42-year-old man was arrested at Campsie Police Station on Wednesday night.

He was charged with assaulting a police officer during public disorder, hindering or resisting a police officer in the execution of duty and affray.
The Moorebank man was granted conditional bail and will appear before Bankstown Local Court on April 11.

– AAP

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