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Police Shut Down Anti-Face Mask And Covid-19 Conspiracy Theorist Meeting In Melbourne

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Police Shut Down Anti-Face Mask And Covid-19 Conspiracy Theorist Meeting In Melbourne

Police busted a meeting of anti-face mask and coronavirus conspiracy theorists in Melbourne over the weekend, before it could get underway.

Victoria Police stationed several vehicles around a gym in the Melbourne suburb of Cranbourne to inspect everyone attempting to join the meeting on Saturday night.

Authorities were reportedly tipped off about the gathering by a concerned family member of a person who was planning to attend. The unnamed person told The Age: "We were trying everything possible to get the meeting stopped. We're all just trying to do the right thing."

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Police say they had to smash the window of a car being driven by a person going to the event after she reportedly refused to speak to officers at the road block.

One woman screamed 'this is unlawful' as she was led away in handcuffs. She was released a short time later and allowed to leave.

It's unclear whether the people who were attending the meeting were the same group who went viral last week for gathering to discuss how they were planning to oppose the mandatory face mask rule.

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An attendee of that meeting wrote on Facebook: "A great night together discussing the putrid conduct of the police, government and media lies. We are strong and won't bow down to these oppressors."

Despite Melbourne seeing more than three weeks of triple-figure daily increases in coronavirus infections, some people still oppose the mandatory face mask rule.

Several gathered at Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance on Friday to protest against the law, with three being arrested and the rest urged to move on.

Police have slammed their actions as 'selfish' and encouraged others not to replicate it.

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A police spokesperson told news.com.au: "Police will investigate the events of this morning's demonstration and plan to issue fines to individuals who were identified.

"We will also continue to investigate to identify other individuals who were in attendance, and we will consider enforcement options. There will continue to be a highly visible police presence in the area throughout the day to ensure the Chief Health Officer's directions are complied with."

Featured Image Credit: Cameron Baud/Twitter

Topics: News, Coronavirus, Australia

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