More than 100 protestors gathered outside Parliament House on Sunday in Victoria to oppose and in defiance of coronavirus lockdown restrictions. The nation’s Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said the protestors should be held accountable.
One police officer was allegedly violently knocked over while arresting a protestor and was taken to the hospital for what is believed to be a rib injury, a spokesperson for Victoria Police said.
The arrests were due to failure to comply with lockdown directions. “Three of the offenders will also be charged with assaulting a police officer, and another offender will be charged with discharging a missile after allegedly throwing a bottle at police,” the spokesperson said.
One issue prominent at the rally was to fight against the installation of 5G which is believed by protestors to be a cause of COVID-19. Mr Murphy described such beliefs as “nonsense”.
Matt Lawson, one of the administrators of an anti-5G Facebook group said the rally points to growing distrust of the government. “People are talking about lockdowns, mandatory vaccines, which I think is concerning a lot of people and they also go into things like microchipping, which may isn’t as mainstream,” he said.
“People have been locked down for over a month and people want to be heard, that was the big thing today.”
Victorian health Minister Jenny Mikakos expressed disappointment at the fact that so large a group of people could put a blind eye to the seriousness of the pandemic.
“Those people know that this pandemic is not fake news. We’ve had 18 Victorians lose their lives as a result of COVID-19. 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,” Ms Mikakos said.