Over 1,000 people have expressed interest in attending a protest on Parliament House’s steps this evening in response to new anti-terror powers afforded to police.

Around 50 SA Police officers have joined the new Security Response Section, an anti-terror squad which has shoot-to-kill powers.

The squad is set to be deployed at mass gathering across the state, as a ploy to prevent and respond to terror incidents.

While over 1,000 people have expressed interest in attending this evening’s protest, only 275 have said that they wish to attend.

Rally organisers would be required to create a COVID-19 safe management plan should they expect over 1,000 attendees.

The event called No to the militarisation of police in SA – Disband SRS is calling for the immediate disbandment of the new squad with the $9 million used to fund it reallocated to “underfunded social services.”

Meanwhile, more than 8,700 people have signed a petition calling for the disbandment of the Security Response Section with the people behind the petition labelling the timing of the implementation of the squad “tone deaf”.