Man incited and promoted violence

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Police have arrested two men after they allegedly incited and promoted violence through the use of a social media networking site.

Operation Waterman, a high-visibility policing strategy, was established to monitor and respond to events and incidents that may occur in the Sydney CBD and surrounding suburbs this weekend.

As part of this operation police have actively been monitoring the internet and social media.

It will be alleged officers discovered a man had sent messages via his mobile phone and on a social networking site inciting members of the public to attend the Sydney CBD over the weekend and commit acts of violence.

About 12:40pm today, Penrith Detectives attended a business in Ingleburn where they arrested a 20-year-old man.

The Glenmore Park man was taken to Macquarie Fields Police Station and charged with recruiting persons to engage in criminal activity and printing/publish to incite/urge/aid commission of crime.

He was granted strict conditional bail to appear in Penrith Local Court on Monday, October 15.

Meanwhile about 1.20pm, a 21-year-old man was arrested at George Street, Sydney. He was taken to The Rocks Police Station where he is currently assisting police with their inquiries.

Today’s arrests have prompted police to remind members of the public that it is an offence to use telecommunication devices to incite violence whether this is by creating or disseminating messages.

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