Northern Beaches Review: Amnesty criticises NSW protest laws

Amnesty International has criticised new anti-protest legislation in NSW, saying it has a "chilling effect on the freedom of assembly".

It says the severe bail conditions given to activists who were arrested during last week's climate protests show the laws are putting the right to protest under threat.

"The Bail Act was intended to ensure people attend court and should not be used to segregate people," NSW Council for Civil Liberties president Josh Pallas said.

"The right to protest is a vital ingredient in a healthy, vibrant democracy," he said.

"Peaceful protesters should not be met with forceful responses and periods of incarceration."

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