Australian police arrested 267 protesters during anti-lockdown rallies Saturday, with 235 of the arrests made in Melbourne and 32 in Sydney.
The Melbourne protesters gathered to march against Australia’s lockdowns, implemented to combat the delta variant.
During the rally, the 700 protesters charged at Australian police, knocking down and trampling several of them. Victoria Police said six officers required hospitalization, according to Reuters .
“It was extremely disappointing to see another example of a small minority of the community showing a complete disregard for the health and safety of not only police, but each and every other Victorian,” Victoria Police said in a statement.
Australia returned to lockdowns in late July due to the delta variant. Restrictions include the closure of everything but the most essential services, such as church gatherings. Masks are also required to be worn everywhere at all times.