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.
@concreteplayground is joining the fight to Keep Sydney Open in Sydney today. While we just had an all-night arts party, Sydney's live music community and venues are suffering due to lockout laws and alcohol restrictions. Sydneysiders shouldn't have to move to Melbourne to enjoy their city how they want to. #keepsydneyopen
Many people got creative with their placards…
… especially with NSW premier Mike Baird.
The event even saw people bringing along their own instruments with some spontaneous performances on the streets.