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World Youth Day bosses say they did not ask for New South Wales police to be given controversial extra powers in the run-up to this month's Sydney event.


Danny Casey, World Youth Day's chief operating officer, maintains he supports free speech, despite new regulations which make it an offence for protesters to 'cause annoyance or inconvenience' to pilgrims.

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Under the rules anyone doing so – be it by wearing a confrontational t-shirt or carrying an offensive banner – or obstructing any of the week's major events across the city, could be fined up to $5,500.

NSW Premier Morris Iemma said today the laws were brought in following consultation with the Catholic church and “advice” from the World Youth Day authority.

But Mr Casey insisted: “The church did not ask for any special power to be given to police.

People 'free to protest'

“Our concern has always been about the efficient running of this event, these are normal powers and people are free to protest.”

Mr Casey said the regulations would cover public streets and parks to be used for related events, and were the same that were enforced in the state's sporting stadiums.

“What we have here is legislation that has been used on many occasions,” he said.

Asked what he considered an “annoying act”, Mr Casey said that was for the police to decide, and that his only concern was to ensure that World Youth Day passed off “efficiently”.

“If someone decided to stage a protest on the middle of the Harbour Bridge during the pilgrimage walk… that would probably be annoying,” he added.

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