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PHOTOS: 15,000 people protest lockout laws in Keep Sydney Open rally

Photo: Zak Kaczmarek/Getty Images.

Thousands of people are taking to the streets in Sydney to protest against the city’s lockout laws.

Organisers of the Keep Sydney Open rally say that at least 15,000 people are attending the protests today.

Some of the “controversial” laws that have been criticised include the 1.30am lockout for venues in Sydney’s CBD as well as the 3am cutoff to purchase drinks.

Critics say the current legislation has led to the closure of many iconic bars in Sydney, especially in King’s Cross, destroying Sydney’s nightlife and turning the city into a “ghost town”.

Here are some photos from the rally:

The event began at midday today at Belmore Park in Central.

The protests were organised in response to the growing discontent behind Sydney’s ‘controversial’ laws on alcohol.

Many people got creative with their placards…

Proud of u Sydney. And you @cloudmountaintops for the best sign out there today. #keepsydneyopen

A photo posted by @lucywashington on

This guy wins! #keepsydneyopen

A photo posted by Matt Lush (@lushy303) on

… especially with NSW premier Mike Baird.

πŸ‘†πŸΏπŸ‘†πŸΏ #keepsydneyopen #regram @lanewayfest

A photo posted by @yaanlive on

The event even saw people bringing along their own instruments with some spontaneous performances on the streets.

#keepsydneyopen #people #together #nightlife

A video posted by Mikee Collins (@wolfeeo) on

#KeepSydneyOpen πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»

A photo posted by ameliazadro (@ameliazadro) on

It has also drawn the support of big name artists such as Flume who called on his fans to attend the event today.

#keepsydneyopen !!!

A photo posted by Flume (@flumemusic) on

This is powerful. This is safe. This is sydney #keepsydneyopen

A video posted by Mitchell Reed (@mitchellreed7) on

A review by the Baird government into the current legislation is taking place this month.

Rallyinggggg @teracemusic @taytay__durden @pilks_outofstep #keepsydneyopen

A photo posted by LO'99 (@getlo99) on

NO MORE LOCKOUTS AND CURFEWS #keepsydneyopen #nolockouts #savesydneycity #keepsydneymajor

A photo posted by C Major (@carloscmajor) on

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