— elevenged (@elevenged) September 13, 2020
Enough is enough and we have had enough!
Police arrested 74 people on Sunday as anti-lockdown protesters massed in Melbourne for a second day, with some throwing fruit at police after raiding market stalls.
About 250 protesters chanting “Freedom” and “Power to the people” were encircled by officers at Queen Victoria Market.
Footage of violent scuffles was posted online with officers on horseback riding through groups of protesters inside the market, and heavily armoured riot squads lined up beside rows of fresh fruit and vegetables.
— 7NEWS Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) September 13, 2020
“There were a few tense moments when protesters started grabbing fruit and throwing it at police,” AAP photographer Erik Anderson said from the scene.
The heavily outnumbered protesters yelled “this is not a police state” and “you’ve got to be on the right side of history”.
Victoria police handed out 176 infringement notices for breaching the chief health officer’s directions, all of which carry a hefty fine.
Police executed search warrants on the home of a 44-year-old Burwood East man, believed to be one of the main instigators of the protest. He remained in police custody on Sunday evening and was expected to be charged with incitement.
Another person was arrested for assaulting police, but a spokesperson for Victoria police said no officers were injured during the demonstration.
The spokesperson said police were “disappointed that many protestors were aggressive and threatened violence towards officers”.
“Our investigations into this protest will continue, and we expect to issue further fines once the identity of individuals has been confirmed,” they said.
“While it remains unlawful for Victorians to leave home to protest, you can expect that Victoria Police will hold people to account. Anyone thinking of attending a protest can expect the same swift and firm response from police as has consistently occurred in relation to such behaviour.”
Some demonstrators appeared to hold beliefs associated with the QAnon conspiracy theory, which is increasingly popular among anti-lockdown agitators. A man filmed by a Channel Nine reporter yelled at police that they were not doing enough to curb paedophilia, a staple of the conspiracy.
These people sure do talk a lot about how they’re not pedophiles. The Guardian could just as easily be “WeSwearWereNotPedophiles.com.”
— Lana Murphy (@LanaMurphy) September 13, 2020
Really makes you think.
Other protesters told media that they had travelled from regional Victoria and even interstate to attend the protest.
Smaller groups of demonstrators broke off from the markets and marched down Elizabeth Street. Others unsuccessfully tried to run from police officers on horseback.
Yes. Police are running people down with horses for wanting to leave their homes.
This is Progressive Paradise 2020.
On Saturday 14 people were arrested and at least 50 fined when about 100 people demonstrated against the strict Melbourne coronavirus restrictions across various locations.
Facebook posts say protesters plan to gather every Saturday until restrictions are eased.
They’ll be able to do it as long as Facebook allows them to keep posting about it. If Facebook decides to shut it down, they will have no more ability to organize.
Boomers really need to get off of Facebook. These people will say the government is run by pedophiles, but they’re not worried about Facebook censoring them?