Ron DeSantis, the Republican governor of Florida, has put forth the challenge to the United States government to cool its diplomatic relations with Australia in the wake of reports of the country’s new extremely draconian COVID-19 lockdown measures, which have recently sparked the start of massive, and more often than not violent, strings of protests.
Australia, or more precisely the capital city of Sydney, is currently having issues trying to contain a COVID-19 outbreak, which was most likely spearheaded by the Delta variant, and to attempt to try and control the spread of the coronavirus, most of the largest cities in the country have been forced back into extreme lockdowns. In some cases going so far as to severely limit their citizen’s ability to leave their homes at all, even for things such as work, if they have not gotten their vaccines, or if they even live in an area that has a lower than average vaccination rate.
These insanely strict measures have led to the sparking of massive demonstrations, mostly taking place in Victoria where the unemployment rate has starting to climb rapidly. Just over 200 people were taken into custody and at least 10 law enforcement officials were injured in a conflict between the anti-lockdown protesters and local law enforcement officials in Victoria over this past weekend, as reported by CNN.
In a speech that took place late Tuesday evening, DeSantis targeted Australia’s COVID-19 lockdown measures and questioned Old Uncle Joe’s choice to maintain diplomatic relations with Australia in the wake of the forced lockdowns, all while defending his decision to protect the residents of Florida from the overreach of the government by using COVID-19 as an excuse.
“I really believe that if we had not done what we did during the last year and a half to keep the state open, to protect people’s jobs, to protect our small businesses, to protect our kids being able to go to school — if we had not done that, a lot of these other states wouldn’t have followed,” DeSantis stated at a meeting of the International Boat Builders out in Tempa, Florida.
“And who knows where we would be right now?’ he stated.
He then stated that Australia had completely gone “off the rails” in its attempts to contain the virus.
“You say, like, ‘It can’t happen here,'” stated DeSantis to the crowd.
“You know, you guys, look what’s going on in Australia right now. You know, they’re enforcing, after a year and a half, they’re still enforcing lockdowns by the military,” he continued, making reference to reports from the start of the summer that seemed to indicate that the Australian government was going to be deploying its military as a method to force people to stay in their homes.
“That’s not a free country. It’s not a free country at all,” Claimed DeSantis. “In fact, I mean, I wonder why we would still have the same diplomatic relations when they’re doing that. Is Australia freer than China, communist China, right now? I don’t know. The fact that that’s even a question tells you something has gone dramatically off the rails with some of this stuff.”
The government of Australia has stated that they do not anticipate the releasing of these new lockdown measures until at least late October or maybe even as late as mid-December, as reported by Reuters, When the country’s government thinks that it will be able to boast a minimum of a 70% vaccination rate and even then if the people still remain unvaccinated, they may be finding themselves cut off from all public life.
“Movement restrictions across New South Wales, the country’s most populous state and home to Sydney will be lifted gradually between Oct. 11 and Dec. 1 as vaccination rates push through 70%, 80% and 90%,” reported the news source. “However, people who are not fully inoculated will be barred from joining the vaccinated to resume community sports, dining out, shopping and other activities until the final date.”