Melbourne police clash with anti-lockdown protesters as hundreds gather for ‘Freedom Day’ rally in Australia (VIDEOS)

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05-09-20 06:52:00,

Dozens of arrests have been reported amid a heated anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne, Australia, where hundreds gathered to demand an end to Covid-19 measures, meeting a heavy police presence and at times clashing with officers.

A sizable crowd descended on Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance on Saturday morning for the ‘Freedom Day’ rally, calling on state authorities to rescind Victoria’s stage-four coronavirus restrictions, which include a nightly curfew. 

Chants of “scam!” erupted from the crowd at certain points, apparently led by an elderly man, who was also heard saying: “I can’t believe this is my country! This is my Australia. I was born and bred here – for 82 years!”

A local reporter on the scene reported at least 20 arrests that she’d witnessed first-hand, sharing footage of black-clad officers as they clashed with demonstrators.

Starting their rally at the Shrine of Remembrance, a memorial for veterans of World War I in central Melbourne, the protesters were soon pushed away by riot police, who were seen gathered in large numbers around the area.

Some of the demonstrators have since abandoned the shrine and were seen flocking to another location, according to a local reporter, though their destination was unclear.

A number of arrests were made prior to the rally, with authorities serving warrants to those promoting the prohibited event on social media, including a pregnant woman, who likened her encounter with officers to a “kidnapping.” 

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Police also reportedly stopped motorists approaching the area around the shrine on Saturday, checking IDs and detaining some individuals, apparently in hopes of preventing a larger gathering.

During a press briefing ahead of the protest, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews also warned that the demonstration could result in a longer lockdown for the state, calling it “not safe,” “not smart,” and “not the law.”

“In fact, it is absolutely selfish for people to be out there protesting. The only protest we should be engaged in, the only argument, the only fight we should be engaged in as against this virus,” he said.

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Melbourne Authorities To Use Surveillance Drones To Catch People Not Wearing Masks

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20-08-20 07:00:00,

Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,

Authorities in Melbourne, Australia will use high-tech surveillance drones to catch people outside not wearing masks as well as to scan for vehicles that are in violation of curfew by being more than 5km from home.

“High powered drones will be used to find people not wearing masks and cars too far from home,” according to a 7News Melbourne news report.

The drones will also be used to ensure skate parks and playgrounds remain empty.

The surveillance devices can be flown up to a distance of 7km and produce images so clear they can “read a vehicle’s number plate from 500 meters away.”

Privacy advocates are concerned that there is no sunset clause on the use of such technology and the drones could continue to be used to spy on citizens after the pandemic ends.

7News Melbourne spoke to two residents who said they weren’t worried because they were behaving and had “nothing to hide.”

Police are preparing to launch their aerial arsenal as part of a crackdown on COVID rule breakers. High powered drones will be used to find people not wearing masks, and cars too far from home. https://t.co/5zYfOfohG3 @tdolling #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/Yy84UBTH0V

— 7NEWS Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) August 17, 2020

The measures are just the latest example of what represents one of the most draconian coronavirus lockdowns in the developed world after the state of Victoria announced a “state of disaster” in response to an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

There have been several instances of police physically tackling people for not adhering to mask wearing rules, including one incident when a woman was placed in a chokehold by a male police officer.

Police have also been given the power to enter people’s homes without a warrant and perform quarantine spot checks.

Drivers are also being asked to show their papers at highway checkpoints simply to get to work.

Anyone caught outside without a mask or violating the 8pm-5am curfew also risks being made to pay a massive fine.

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Letters from Melbourne: A ‘Ghost Town Police State’ Under Brutal COVID Lockdown – Global Research

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15-08-20 05:01:00,

The citizens of Australia’s second most populous city are suffering under the harshest lockdown conditions of all Western democracies. Their voices need to be heard.

In the last several weeks, Melbourne has introduced shockingly draconian anti-Covid measures, imposed on the metropolis of some 5 million souls. What tragedy was responsible for spurring officials to leap into action? To blame was a fractional uptick in the number of coronavirus deaths – seven to be exact, and all involving citizens above the age of 70 years old.

The media jumped on the “new single-day record in Victoria,” which brought the state death toll to 56. I repeat, 56, and the overwhelming majority of those cases involved elderly people in nursing facilities, some of which are under investigation for their handling of patients. While it goes without saying that elderly lives matter, do seven elderly deaths really warrant the shutdown of one of Australia’s busiest cities?

Fascism is alive and well we see @VicGovAu.

Dystopian hell in Melbourne Australia pic.twitter.com/U3bKb1Pihh

— Minitrue (@BanTheBBC) August 7, 2020

Despite the extremely low death rate, Melbourne residents – or shall we call them what they really are, prisoners – must adhere to the following rules:

  • No traveling more than 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from their homes;
  • No traveling to other states inside of the country;
  • Those under house arrest are permitted to leave home for just one hour each day for exercise;
  • Only one person is permitted to go shopping per family each day; shopping is to be done within 5 kilometers from home;
  • Unlike traditional prisons, visitations are not permitted to house arrestees;
  • All school activities are to be conducted online;
  • All businesses, services and construction cancelled;
  • Organized sport, forget it;
  • In the case of funerals, try and delay your demise if at all possible, otherwise, expect just 10 guests;
  • Ditto for weddings;
  • Curfew in effect between 8 pm and 5 am.

These restrictions will be in place for (at least) six weeks.

Meanwhile,

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