After New Zealand, Anti-Lockdown protest rocked Australia. Many protestors took the streets in Melbourne to demand freedom. Police authorities arrested at least 74 people and 176 people were fined by Victoria Police. More fines are expected after the identity of the protestors is established.
Anti-Lockdown protest in Australia
Reports suggest at least 200-250 people gathered around the Queen Victoria market. The Victorian government arrested 14 people on Saturday as well for protesting against the restrictions.
As per the News.com.au, a 44-year-old man believed to be the primary agitator of the protest. He remains in police custody and the police are expected to charge him under harsh laws of incitement. A search warrant for his home is also expected to be issued. Some are arrested for attacking the police as well.
Riot Police were seen at the protest site and they were equipped with a shield. People were shouting slogans of freedom. The riot police tried segregating the hostile crowd. Many were arrested and released after fines. The demonstration was contained and protestors were escorted away by the Police.
Pele St was completely blocked off where protestors gathered for a demonstration.
In a statement, Police said that many protestors were aggressive and violent. However, no injury was reported.
The Police said that people should stay at home and consider health guidelines. They have urged people not to come out to protest. However, if and when they come, the police will handle it with the same swift and firm response.