Two women have been charged with assaulting police after a huge Christmas Day beach party was broken up by officers in Sydney’s south.
About 3000 people were at the party at Little Bay, south of Maroubra, and more were arriving when police were called just before 3pm.
It took officers from five different command centres two-and-a half hours to break up the party, which was in a designated alcohol-free zone.
In video footage of the aftermath of the party, police can be seen pushing a couple of women who fall to the ground. Officers also used capsicum spray on the revellers, a police spokeswoman confirmed, and paramedics were called to decontaminate those affected.
Little Bay resident Mark Rear told Seven News it was “just carnage”.
“People were just throwing beer bottles and everything, the cops were getting into it with the pepper spray; it was just crazy,” he said.
“Weirdest thing I’ve ever seen at Little Bay.”
Videos from the scene posted online show dozens of people in Santa hats drinking, singing and dancing to loud music.
“Unfortunately whilst waiting for some public transport a number of beer bottles were actually thrown at police and as a result two female persons were arrested and those matters are now before the court,” Commander Karen McCarthy said.
“Police deployed appropriate tactics in order to deal with the alcohol fuelled violence and bring the matter safely under control.”
One man wearing a panda head and carrying a boxed-wine bladder, or goon bag, holds up his middle finger as police officers approach the booing crowd.
Mr Rear said police were just pushing the thousands of young people along from the beach, but the mood switched when the officers brought out the pepper spray.
“It was like night and day, they turned pretty ugly pretty quick – both parties,” he said.
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