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Anti-Lockdown Protestors Gather In Melbourne

Anti-Lockdown Protestors Gather In Melbourne

Ten people have been arrested after dozens gathered in Melbourne for an anti-lockdown protest.

The demonstrators rallied at Parliament House on Spring Street in the city's CBD before police stepped in to break it up.

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Several were yelling 'The police do not have authority', 'Our law is the ultimate law', and 'No lockdown', according to 9News.

Victoria police said many of the people were arrested for breaking social distancing rules, while three have been charged with assaulting a police officer, and another allegedly threw a bottle at officers.

Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said the event was 'extremely disappointing'.

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"Those people know that this pandemic is not fake news," she said.

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"We've had 18 Victorians lose their lives as a result of COVID-19.

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"I know that there are many people who are feeling very sad today because they don't have their mothers or their grandmothers with them whose lives were lost as a result of this virus."

Police were told about the event prior to it spilling onto the streets and they warned the organisers that arrests would be made if social distancing rules weren't upheld. Photos and videos of the protest clearly show people failing to keep 1.5m distance from each other.

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In a statement, Victoria Police said: "While Victoria Police respects the public's right to protest, the health and safety of every Victorian needs to be our number one priority at this time.

"Police are continuing to investigate the events of today in order to identify other people who were in attendance.

"Once individuals are identified, we will be issuing them with fines and will consider any other enforcement options."

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In addition to complaining about the lockdown, loads of people were pushing conspiracy theories.

Some were trying to make links between the coronavirus and 5G, some chanted for billionaire Bill Gates to be locked up, and others pushed the agenda that the virus was planned.

Australia's chief medical officer Dr Brendan Murphy has asked people to please hang up the idea that Covid-19 is in way, shape or form connected to the 5G network conspiracy.

In Sunday's press briefing, Dr Murphy said: "There is absolutely no evidence about 5G doing anything in the coronavirus space. I have unfortunately received a lot of communication from these conspiracy theorists myself."

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Topics: News, Coronavirus, COVID-19-Negative, Australia

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.