In all, about 200 protesters gathered at Victoria State’s warfare memorial, the Shrine of Remembrance, the place they confronted off in opposition to about 100 officers, some on horseback or in riot gear. At one level, teams of officers tackled a number of folks to the bottom earlier than loading then into police vans. In one other occasion, the police put a masks on a protester after handcuffing him.
Many protesters accused the federal government of constructing up or overstating the results of Covid-19.
“I’m personally right here to say the lockdown wants to finish,” mentioned Dellacoma Rio, 38, who eliminated his shirt to indicate the phrase “Freedom” tattooed throughout his again.
Tensions have surged in the course of the fifth week of Victoria’s six-week lockdown, which incorporates a few of the strictest restrictions on the planet. All nonessential companies are closed. Melburnians are allowed to depart the home just for work, train or shopping for groceries, and journey is restricted to inside about 3 miles of dwelling. There’s additionally a nightly curfew.
The state’s premier, Daniel Andrews, condemned the protest as “egocentric, harmful and illegal.”
“Solidarity rallies” have been additionally held in different capital cities throughout the nation and gathered lots of of attendees.
Some protesters wore masks and shirts alluding to the Illuminati, whereas others talked about QAnon, the viral pro-Trump conspiracy theory.
Alem Dubael, 30, mentioned he was protesting as a part of a combat in opposition to “corruption within the new world order.”
“On the finish of the day, the reality will come out,” he mentioned. “After which everyone that was saying we’re idiots — when every part involves mild, they’ll discover out they’re the precise idiots.”