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New Zealand to charge man with COVID-19 who allegedly escaped quarantine, went shopping: report

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Authorities in New Zealand say they will press charges against a man with COVID-19 who allegedly escaped managed isolation on Tuesday and went shopping at a local supermarket in Auckland, according to multiple reports.

The 32-year-old had recently spent time in India. He allegedly fled quarantine by squeezing through a fence at the Stamford Plaza hotel, which is being used for managed isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic. He spent roughly 20 minutes inside a Countdown supermarket, according to Radio New Zealand International.

“These are acts of selfishness and we intend to use the full weight of the law,” said New Zealand Health Minister Chris Hipkins.”The person wore a mask although indicated that was removed for short periods of time.”

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New Zealand, which has successfully eliminated community transmission of the virus, is trying to contain new cases at the border by placing new arrivals into a 14-day quarantine at various hotels. The man was tested on Day 3 of his stay, the morning after his supermarket trip, according to the New Zealand Herald.

Air Commodore Darryn Webb, head of Managed Isolation and Quarantine, said the man was in a smoking area at the plaza before he ran through a gap where fencing was being replaced around 6:50 p.m. local time, the radio station reported. He was gone for over an hour.

Police are now looking through CCTV footage to determine his movements, according to the paper.

Webb added that a security guard watched the man leave but wasn’t sure if he was a contractor. The fencing at all managed isolation facilities was being replaced with roughly 6-foot high fences.

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The supermarket was closed for deep cleaning and will reopen in the morning, said Kiri Hannifin, Countdown’s general manager for health and safety. He said the company was “incredibly disappointed that this has happened given the potential for an incident like this to put our team and customers at risk.”

“We have asked all of our team that were working last night, including the nightfill team, to self-isolate as a precautionary measure,” Hannifin told the paper.

Webb said that CCTV footage indicated the man had not been in close contact with others at the Countdown supermarket and had used a self-service checkout.

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Depending on exactly what charges are brought, the man could face a fine or a maximum of six months in jail if found guilty.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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New Zealand health minister resigns after coronavirus lockdown missteps

New Zealand’s embattled health minister — who was twice discovered violating coronavirus lockdown rules — has resigned after previously calling himself an “idiot” for showing poor judgment, according to reports.

David Clark had already been demoted after going mountain biking and taking his family on a beach outing some 15 miles from his Dunedin home, the UK’s Guardian reported.

He has apologized for both incidents, telling Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern that he was an “idiot” for the lapse in judgment.

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New Zealand Health Minister David Clark, center, flanked by Cabinet colleagues Grant Robertson, right, and Kris Faafoi addresses a press conference where he announced his resignation as Health Minister at parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, Thursday, July 2, 2020. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)

In response, Ardern demoted Clark in the cabinet rankings but held back from axing him, saying his expertise was needed during the public health crisis.

But in the weeks after Clark was demoted, public dislike for him has mounted despite overall praise for the country’s coronavirus response under the leadership of Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, the director-general of health, the news outlet reported.

Last week, Clark refused to take responsibility for multiple failures, including people being released from quarantine without being tested for the virus.

“I take full responsibility for decisions made and taken during my time as minister of health,” he said, according to the BBC.

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Ardern accepted Clark’s resignation, saying it was “essential our health leadership has the confidence of the New Zealand public.”

“David has come to the conclusion his presence in the role is creating an unhelpful distraction from the government’s ongoing response to COVID-19 and wider health reforms,” she said.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins will assume the reins of the Health Department until the country’s election in September.

This story first appeared in the New York Post.

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New Zealand supermarket chain first to ‘period’ label on menstrual products

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A New Zealand supermarket chain will label menstrual health products using the word “period” going forward.

A representative from Countdown, a major New Zealand chain, said that shoppers will no longer see euphemisms such as “sanitary” or “feminine hygiene” to describe its products. Instead, an explicit “period” label will adorn any menstrual products.

“Words like ‘personal hygiene’ and ‘sanitary products’ give the impressions that periods, which are an entirely natural part of life, are somehow something to hide to yourself, or that they’re unhygienic,” said Kiri Hannifin, the representative, in a statement. “They absolutely aren’t, and we can play an important role in helping change that.”

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Countdown, which operates 180 stores, would be the first retailer to describe such products in an explicit fashion. Hannifin said further that the online platform would reflect the changes, instead calling “intimate hygiene” products as “genital washes and wipes.”

Sarah Mikkelsen, a co-founder of the New Zealand charity The Period Place, told the Guardian that she was “surprised and excited” by the news.

“It’s so political at the moment, taking a hardline approach around language,” Mikkelsen said. “So to see a big brand jump on a train that they haven’t really even been asked to jump onto is very cool, very inspiring.”

Countdown is also changing its language used for products previously known as “incontinence” items, referring to them as “continence care” products instead.

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Such products deal with bowel movements and the inability to control them. The change aims “to help break down the taboos and barriers that customers seeking out these products have, too, particularly men.”

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New Zealanders returning home face backlash as coronavirus resurgence fears grow

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New Zealanders aren’t exactly rolling out the welcome wagon for their fellow residents who have ridden out the coronavirus pandemic for the past several months in other countries. In fact, in some cases, the homecoming has been downright hostile.

It’s something Ellen, a 30-year-old Kiwi returning home from London, found out the hard way.

She knew she would be quarantined for two weeks after arriving at Auckland airport but instead of being taken to a local hotel, she was put on a bus and driven 140 miles away to Rotorua. She claims she wasn’t allowed to buy food or water or use the bathroom before her four-hour bus ride.

NEW ZEALAND PAIR WHO LED TO CORONAVIRUS QUARANTINE BLUNDER ACTUALLY MET WITH FRIENDS, OFFICIALS REVEAL

When Ellen tweeted about it, instead of finding people sympathetic to her experience, many lashed out, turning on her for complaining.

“Stay away from us until you’re declared safe,” one person wrote. “So sorry if we don’t care about your food needs.”

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Passengers wait to board their flight at Christchurch Airport in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, May 14, 2020. New Zealand lifted most of its remaining lockdown restrictions from midnight Wednesday (noon Wed GMT) as the country prepares for a new normal. Malls, retail stores and restaurants will reopen and many people will return to their workplaces. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The tiny island nation in the Pacific has largely been able to dodge the COVID-19 bullet that has ripped through much of the world.

The fear that the deadly virus, which has claimed more than 483,000 lives globally, could be brought ashore by returning residents has triggered a brutal backlash.

“It was just baffling to me that these very fundamental, basic human needs that people would be willing to deny those in others,” Ellen told The Guardian. “By no means have any of us been complaining about needing to quarantine, or the sacrifices or even the quality of quarantine. We just wanted to be told what was happening.”

Until about a week ago, New Zealand was considered coronavirus-free. The island had recorded 24 consecutive days with no new cases of the virus. However, over the past few days, as New Zealanders have been returning home, the number of new cases has ticked up.

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Hotels designated to house people in quarantine have been quickly filling up. As of Monday, there were 4,200 people in quarantine with another 900 more expected by Thursday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses a press conference where she announced New Zealand will drop to Covid-19 alert level 1 at midnight tonight, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, June 8, 2020. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)

With so many people coming back, the anxiety level has been through the roof.

Tensions boiled over a few days ago when officials were forced to admit that two women returning from Britain had been allowed to leave quarantine early without being tested. Dozens of others were also allowed to leave before the government tightened the rules.

Now, as more and more New Zealanders are returning home, the fear that the virus could spread among the country’s 5 million people has taken hold.

“Early on, we predicted there would be much higher levels of anxiety, but people really pulled together as this ‘team of five million,'” said Douglas Sutherland, a clinical practice manager at Victoria University’s school of psychology.

The “team of 5 million” refers to the phrase Arden used to unite New Zealand during the country’s strict national lockdown in March and April.

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“On the other side, it seems like there’s a few fractures and splinters,” Sutherland told The Guardian. “That animosity towards returning New Zealanders who might have had the coronavirus is part of a fight, flight or freeze response, and the fight response really activates that anger part of it.”

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New Zealand government uses ‘Porn Actors’ in ad campaign on cyber safety

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If the subject of online safety can sometimes crime across as somewhat dull, New Zealand did its best to grab people’s attention by using “porn actors” as part of a new campaign.

In the ad, a nude pair named Derek and Sue greet a hapless mother, telling her that her son has just been watching them on a hilariously long list of devices – including on “PlayStation” and a “projector.”

The pair then insist on having a talk with the boy, Matt, about what he saw them doing, stressing that it’s not reality.

“We don’t even talk about consent do we?” Sue says. “No, we just get straight to it.”

“Yeah, and I would never act like that in real life,” Derek adds.

The ad is part of a campaign to raise awareness that actions online can have real-world impacts. Along with cyberbullying and ease of access to violent content, the ads target the various pitfalls children and teens can face while surfing the web.

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“Parents should feel confident when dealing with these issues… at the end of the day, they’re the best person to keep their child safe,” Hilary Ngan Kee, a spokesperson for the advertising agency Motion Sickness, said in a statement. “You don’t need to have all the answers, but supporting your child and giving that ‘adult’ guidance as they navigate the choppy waters of the online world will really make a difference.”

The “porn actors” ad is aimed at educating young web-users on the difference between what they see in pornography and what they might encounter in a real relationship.

The ad follows a study published in December 2019 that claimed an alarming number of young people use the internet as their first and primary tool to learn about sex.

“Often the videos with this content would start with a reluctant partner, usually the female, who starts out saying ‘no’ to sex but whose initial resistance is overcome through insistence and subtle pressure by the male,” Censor David Shanks said. “The actress is then portrayed as enjoying the sexual contact – female pleasure was notable in 99% of the videos.”

“For young people, or people inclined to coercion, the repeated theme of ‘no’ becoming ‘yes’ could very easily be problematic.”

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The Keeping It Real Online website lists a number of resources to help parents discuss with their child the various problems they might encounter, as well as the ads for each problem area.

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Manhunt underway after officer killed, another wounded in New Zealand: report

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — An unarmed police officer was shot and killed and another was wounded after they tried to pull over a car in New Zealand’s largest city Friday morning, police said. A large search was being conducted in Auckland for the alleged shooter and another person who escaped in a second car.

A bystander was also hit by the suspect’s car and injured. By Friday evening, police said they had found a gun and were talking to two “people of interest” in the case. They said police would remain on armed alert until they had confirmed they had the suspect in custody.

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While trying to pull over the car, the officers briefly lost sight of it and it crashed soon after, Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said. As police approached, a man got out with a long-barreled gun and fired multiple times at the two officers, Coster said.

The officers weren’t carrying guns. New Zealand police do not routinely carry guns but typically have them available in the trunk of their vehicles.

“This is a shocking situation. It is the worst news police, and police officers’ families, can ever receive in the course of what we do.”

— Auckland Police Commissioner Andrew Coster

“This is a shocking situation,” Coster told media. “It is the worst news police, and police officers’ families, can ever receive in the course of what we do.”

Coster said the injured officer was hospitalized with serious leg wounds, while the bystander also suffered serious injuries and remained in a hospital. Both were in a stable condition.

As the manhunt unfolded, eight schools in the area were put into lockdown, Coster said, and police set up road cordons. They advised people to stay away.

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Armed police guard at the scene of a shooting incident following a routine traffic stop in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday, June 19, 2020. New Zealand police say a few officers have been shot and seriously injured and a suspect is on the run. (Michael Craig/New Zealand Herald via AP)

The second car was found abandoned. Local media reported that heavily armed police had raided at least one home near the site of the shooting and had also stopped a car.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the news of the officer’s death was devastating.

“To lose a police officer is to lose someone working for all of us, but also a family member, someone’s loved one and friend,” she said in a statement.

Police Minister Stuart Nash said the officer “was a man who dedicated his career to keeping us safe.”

Witness Elaine Taniela told The New Zealand Herald she was at home when she heard gunshots. She said a friend who was on his way to her house at the time described seeing an officer on the ground shaking.

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The last time a New Zealand police officer was killed in the line of duty was 11 years ago.

New Zealand last year enacted new gun control laws banning the deadliest types of semiautomatic weapons after a mass shooting in which a gunman killed 51 people at two Christchurch mosques during Friday prayers.

Auckland is home to about 1.7 million people.

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New Zealand pair who led to coronavirus quarantine blunder actually met with friends, officials reveal

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The two women who flew in from London to visit a dying parent in New Zealand –­ and reportedly brought the coronavirus back to the country –­ did meet with a pair of friends during their visit, health officials said Wednesday.

The announcement from the island country’s Ministry of Health comes after officials vowed a day earlier that the women had no contact with any people or any public facilities on their road trip from Auckland to Wellington by car.

The women had been given an exemption in the U.K. to leave quarantine on compassionate grounds before they were tested for coronavirus. Before their results came back positive, New Zealand had been coronavirus-free since June 8.

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A windsurfer reels in his kite at New Brighton Beach in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Tuesday, June 9. Two new coronavirus cases have appeared in the country after officials said there were no longer any. (AP)

“Upon leaving the [hotel] in a private vehicle provided by friends, the women got lost on the Auckland motorway system,” New Zealand’s Ministry of Health said in a statement.

“On realizing this they phoned the same friends who supplied the vehicle, who met and guided them to the correct motorway so they could go in the right direction,” it added. “As part of this, the pair were in limited physical contact with the two friends for approximately five minutes.”

Officials said they found out about the interaction after health authorities interviewed the women further.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the incident an “unacceptable failure” that “should never have happened and it cannot be repeated.”

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses a press conference where she announced New Zealand will drop to COVID-19 alert level 1 at midnight tonight, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, June 8, 2020.  (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)

Ardern has now assigned the military to oversee the country’s coronavirus quarantine process and said Wednesday that she’s temporarily removing the compassionate exemption clause that allowed the women to leave the mandatory 14-day quarantine early.

Anyone the women may have come into contact with will now be tested.

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The women plan to isolate in Wellington and have delayed their parent’s funeral until they have recovered.

New Zealand’s border is closed to everyone except for returning residents.

Fox News’ Brie Stimson and the Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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New Zealand prime minister assigns military to oversee coronavirus quarantines after 2 new cases

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Wednesday assigned the military to oversee the country’s coronavirus quarantine process after two women who were allowed to leave their quarantine early tested positive for the virus this week.

The women, who had recently returned from London where they had visited a dying parent, were told by health officials they could leave even though they hadn’t been tested yet for the virus.

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Ardern called the incident an “unacceptable failure”  that “should never have happened and it cannot be repeated.” She said she’s temporarily removing the compassionate exemption clause that allowed them to leave the mandatory 14-day quarantine early.

Before the women tested positive, the country had been coronavirus-free since June 8 and the country hadn’t reported any new cases for three weeks before Tuesday.

The women, who are New Zealand citizens, drove from Auckland to Wellington where they tested positive Tuesday.

Anyone the women may have come into contact with on their flight, at their hotel in Auckland where they quarantined or a family member they met in Wellington will now be tested.

The women plan to isolate in Wellington and have delayed their family member’s funeral until they have recovered.

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The border is closed to everyone except for returning New Zealanders and Kiwis.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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New Zealand has eradicated coronavirus: report

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand appears to have completely eradicated the coronavirus — at least for now — after health officials said Monday the last known infected person had recovered.

The announcement was greeted with joy around the country and means the nation of 5 million people will be among the first to welcome throngs of fans back into sports stadiums, embrace crowded concerts and remove seating restrictions from flights.

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It has been 17 days since the last new case was reported, during which time an additional 40,000 people have been tested, bringing the total number tested to about 300,000. Monday marked the first time since late February there have been no active cases.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she was confident New Zealand had halted the spread of the virus but it still must be prepared for more.

“We are confident we have eliminated transmission of the virus in New Zealand for now, but elimination is not a point in time, it is a sustained effort,” she said at a news conference. “We almost certainly will see cases here again, and I do want to say that again, we will almost certainly see cases here again, and that is not a sign that we have failed, it is a reality of this virus. But if and when that occurs we have to make sure — and we are — that we are prepared.”

More cases are likely to be imported as people enter the country. For now, the border remains shut to all but citizens and residents, with some limited exceptions. Everybody who does enter has to go into quarantine.

Ardern announced that the Cabinet had agreed to remove almost all remaining virus restrictions from midnight, with the exception of the border strictures.

“We can hold public events without limitations. Private events such as weddings, functions and funerals without limitations,” Ardern said. “Retail is back without limitations. Hospitality is back without limitations. Public transport and travel across the country is fully opened.”

Experts say a number of factors have helped New Zealand wipe out the disease. Its isolated location in the South Pacific gave it vital time to see the devastating spread of the virus in other countries. Ardern also acted decisively by imposing a strict lockdown early in the outbreak.

She said her government’s focus will be on the country’s borders, where isolation and quarantine will continue.

Just over 1,500 people contracted the virus in New Zealand, including 22 who died.

Eliminating the virus won’t end the economic pain for the country. Thousands of people have lost their jobs. The tourism industry, which accounts for about 10% of the economy, has been particularly hard hit.

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But Monday was a time of celebration for many. Ardern said that when she heard there were no more active cases, she did a little dance in her living room in front of her daughter Neve, who turns 2 this month. Ardern said the toddler had no idea what was going on but was happy to join her.

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Australia joins protests against Floyd’s death, demand investigations on police brutality against Aboriginals

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Hundreds of Australians marched in solidarity through downtown Sydney on Tuesday protesting the death of George Floyd and demanding the country look at police brutality within its borders.

More than 1,000 marched from Hyde Park to New South Wales state parliament carrying banners that said: “Black Lives Matter,” “Aboriginal Lives Matter,” “White Silence is Violence” and “We See you, We Hear You, We Stand With You.”

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A woman holds a sign as protestors gather in Sydney, June 2 to support the cause of U.S. protests over the death of George Floyd and urged their own governments to address racism and police violence. Floyd died last week after he was pinned to the pavement by a white police officer who put his knee on the handcuffed black man’s neck until he stopped breathing. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Protesters also chanted “Justice today for David Dungay,” a 26-year-old Aboriginal man who said, “I can’t breathe” 12 times before he died in 2015, restrained by five prison guards.

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Protestors gather in Sydney, June 2, to support the cause of U.S. protests over the death of George Floyd and urged their own government to address racism and police violence. Floyd died last week after he was pinned to the pavement by a white police officer who put his knee on the handcuffed black man’s neck until he stopped breathing. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Kieran Stewart-Assheton, who helped organize Tuesday’s demonstration, said it was in solidarity with the U.S. and to raise awareness about the same racial inequality targeting Australia’s indigenous population.

“We are here to stand in solidarity with the African-American community, and we are here to raise awareness of indigenous deaths in custody and the atrocious rates that Indigenous people are incarcerated in Australia,” Stewart-Assheton told the Guardian.

“We hear about everything that happens overseas in the mainstream media. But we turn a blind eye to what happens in our own backyards. There has been an outpouring of support in white media for Black Lives Matter in the US, but a lot of these people are unaware of what is happening here in Australia.”

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Protestors gather in Sydney, June 2, to support the cause of U.S. protests over the death of George Floyd and urged their own governments to address racism and police violence. Floyd died last week after he was pinned to the pavement by a white police officer who put his knee on the handcuffed black man’s neck until he stopped breathing. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

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Tuesday’s demonstration also came as footage emerged showing an indigenous 16-year-old in Surry Hills slammed face-first to the pavement by a Sydney police officer during an arrest.

A relative told the Guardian the boy was taken to the hospital after the arrest and treated for bruising, cuts to his knee, face, and elbow and chipped teeth.

It was not immediately clear what led to the arrest. Police said the officer was patrolling Surry Hills, a suburb of Sydney, when he encountered a group of teenagers. In a statement, a spokesperson said the teenager threatened an officer, leading to the arrest.

An internal investigation is underway, and the police officer was placed on “restricted duties.”

“It happens so often. It is an Australian problem. We are sick of it,” said Stewart-Assheton.

Mick Willing, the assistant commissioner for the NSW Police, told reporters that he is “concerned” by the footage of the arrest but that he was “equally concerned about others who may use this footage to turn the incident into something it’s not.”

“We’re all well aware of what’s happening overseas, but this is not the United States of America,” he said, according to local media. He did not say whether he believed the police officer’s action was appropriate.

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Anti-police brutality demonstrations in the wake of Floyd’s death have spread across the globe with protests popping up in London, Berlin, Denmark and New Zealand.

Around 2,000 demonstrators gathered in Australia’s west coast city of Perth on Monday night to peacefully protest Floyd’s death, and rallies are planned for other Australian cities this week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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