10,000 protest Sydney's early lockout rules

Around 10,000 people gathered in central Sydney on Sunday to protest against state government's lockout laws that prohibit customers from entering a pub or a bar after 1:30 am in the morning.

The rally organizers asked New South Wales Governor Mike Baird to reverse the 2014 law that has seen attendance at live music venues drop 40 per cent since it was introduced following a spate of alcohol-fuelled fatal street fights.

The legislation also requires central Sydney venues to serve last drinks by 3 am and ban the sale of takeaway alcohol after 10 pm.

The government has said it would respond by the end of the year.

Tyson Koh, the organizer of the protest rally, said the laws were killing off the city's nightlife, with venues being forced to close and hundreds of jobs disappearing.

He said he launched the movement, Keep Sydney Open, to put pressure on the government to change the law because "the lockouts are the wrong answer to the question of how to create a safe, fun and vibrant city."

"Sydney can have the same, world-class late-night culture as Berlin, New York and Amsterdam. This is our city and we will fight until they change the law," Koh said.

 

Last update: Sun, 09/10/2016 - 19:17
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