Dozens of people have been arrested in Melbourne as the police crack down on anti-lockdown protests in Central Melbourne.
Melbourne is facing the pressure of COVID-19 restrictions, and anti-lockdown protestors gathered around the Shrine of Remembrance earlier today, The Age reports. Around 300 people gathered in an uprising against the current Stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne, chanting “Dictator Dan’ and “Let the kids live.”
The protestors marched from the shrine to Albert Park Lake, but by 1pm the Public Order Response Team arrived, scattering the crowd and making several arrests. Twitter user Cameron Emerson immediately saw the irony.
Imagine protesting at the shrine of rememberence, a shrine dedicated to people who sacrificed for others and not seeing the irony. #melbourneprotest
— Cameron Emerson (@noremaco) September 5, 2020
This comes as news emerged of a Ballarat woman who livestreamed her arrest, for allegedley inciting a lockdown protest on Facebook.
‘Freedom Day’ social media posts in other states have called for protests outside of Victoria as well.Across the country today , other protests have taken place. 200 people rallied in Adelaide to protest coronavirus restrictions, a possible vaccine and even privacy breaches. You protest one, you protest all it seems.
Ostensibly, this protest was more peaceful as the anti-lockdown crowd marched East Terrace along North Terrace to South Australia’s Parliament House. Not even the tyranny of distance could stop the Clive Palmer state Western Australia from standing in solidarity with Victoria in the Perth Freedom march, as protestors claim their rights are being restricted with the current COVID-19 laws.
This is the equivalent of almost sitting out the remainder of your lunchtime detention/being kept back after school, only to have the class kid that messed it up for everyone, mess up once again.
Enough already, please. We can’t laugh at these type of people just as Victoria is so close to getting out of Stage 4.
If you’re displaying flu-like symptoms or have a fever of over 37.5°C, then consider exercising your rights at one of the #FreedomDay protests
— Jason Eshraghian (@jasoneshraghian) September 5, 2020