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Black Lives Matter protester faces more charges over alleged clash with police

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A Sydney man who allegedly clashed with police after the weekend’s Black Lives Matter protest has been charged with two more counts of assaulting officers.

A Sydney man who allegedly clashed with police and resisted arrest after the long weekend's Black Lives Matter protest rally has been charged with two more counts of assaulting an officer.

Large numbers of NSW Police officers were at the city's Central Railway Station at about 6.10pm on Saturday to direct the movement of demonstrators following the rally, which drew 20,000 people.

It is alleged a large group of people became aggressive towards police before the 21-year-old man threw a water bottle at a male senior constable and another item at another officer's chest.

Public order and riot squad officers then tried removing the man from the train station, but he resisted arrest and was ultimately taken into custody, police say.

He was initially taken to Surry Hills Police Station and charged with offensive behaviour and resisting police. Today, he was charged with two more counts of assaulting an officer in the execution of duty.

The man, from Mount Druitt in the city's west, is expected to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on August 27 in relation to all four charges against him.

Despite an incident in which officers appeared to use pepper spray, during a scuffle that broke out in Central Station, Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing said that a total of just three arrests made represented a "really positive result" for the rally.

Other NSW demonstrations took place in Newcastle, Byron Bay, Lismore, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Wyong, Wagga Wagga and Broken Hill.

The Sydney rally, sparked by US man George Floyd's death in police custody and conducted in solidarity with the wider Black Lives Matter movement, focused on Aboriginal rights and deaths in custody in Australia.

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Source: 9News

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