The Northern Territory news Mon 8 Nov 2021
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MONDAY NOVEMBER 8 2021 NEWS 05 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA NTs top cop issues protester warning NT POLICE Commissioner Jamie Chalker has vowed to track down any individuals who allegedly threw substances at police officers during attempts to attend an antimandate rally on Saturday. On Sunday Mr Chalker condemned the behaviour of the protesters, who tried to attend a rally in Darwin CBD but were stopped by police at a checkpoint near Darwin High School. After their car convoy was stopped, protesters began marching through parkland to try to get into the CBD but were stopped by a police blockade. Individuals in the group then allegedly began throwing punches, substances and pelting rocks at officers. There were a number of Territorians, if they can claim to be Territorians, that let us down, Mr Chalker said. To every single person at that rally: some of you may have gone there with the intent of thinking you were just going to go on a peaceful demonstration. That was never the intent by the core group of those people. You should be ashamed that you associated yourself with those people. Mr Chalker said investigations were under way, with the majority of protesters likely to be fined for allegedly breaching the chief health officers directions. There was a lockout in place, a lawful direction and you blatantly chose to ignore it, he said. We have your registration vehicle details. We have imagery of you in a public place without a mask. We know who you are and you can expect a visit for the vast majority as we play catch-up. Mr Chalker also said work was being done to identify what exactly was in the substances allegedly thrown at his officers. To the individuals that threw liquid at the police officers were coming for you, he said. The members who were affected felt it was particularly hot and that it also had a bitter taste. It entered the mouths of a number of our officers and had an immediate effect of burning. Seven people were arrested at the scene on Saturday and a further two were arrested later in the evening. NT Police Association Paul McCue called the behaviour cowardly and said the result of the protest indicated more funding was needed to boost capabilities. A peaceful and lawful protest is acceptable, throwing rocks and substances at our officers is not. It is cowardly and inexcusable, Mr McCue said. It is quite clear immediate additional emergency funding is needed to boost public order response capability in the light of (Saturdays) attack on our members. A police officer lies prone on the ground as an anti-vaccination mandate protest turned ugly at the weekend. Picture: Supplied/Facebook RAPHAELLA SAROUKOS THE Top Ends Covid caseload has hit one of the Territorys favourite venues, with Mindil Beach Casino Resort closed at the weekend. And the hospitality sector has urged the government to end the mask mandate when lockout is lifted. Guests were forced to leave the casino on Saturday after health orders were revised and the venue remained closed on Sunday. It follows identification of the casino as a public exposure and casual contact site after an exposure period on Friday, Oc tober 29. M i n d i l Beach Casino Resort general manager Avril Baynes said the decision was taken when it was clear Covid security had been breached between 7.30pm and 9.20pm on October 29. As soon as we became aware that Mindil Beach Casino Resort was a public exposure casual contact site, we immediately took steps to close the property and support our guests, employees and the broader community who have been impacted, Ms Baynes said. The casino was closed on Sunday and will remain so until it is safe for guests, employees and the community to access it again. Meanwhile, Hospitality NT CEO Alex Bruce said businesses bore the brunt of the Cairns Covid breach. Some businesses are closed as a result of being exposure sites, others are impacted from staff shortages from workers isolating from being at those exposure sites, he said. Bars and suburban pubs and clubs are reporting 50 per cent loss of trade and late night venues and nightclubs fared worse if they remained open. Luck runs out for Mindil casino CAMDEN SMITH Safety first ... Avril Baynes ., l<mart Wishing Tree Appeal KrnaFt and The Salvation Army are coming together through the Wishing Tree App~al to-support those experiencing hardship. We. are asking the communit~ to give a sr:nall gift with a big heart. Pl~cise scan the QR code t~ donate POWERED BY (:) Donation Poi~r