Huge Swathes Of Anti-Lockdown Protesters Arrested In Australia

Protesters march down a street during a rally Melbourne on July 24, 2021 to demonstrate against the city's restrictions due to the Covid-19 coronavirus. (Photo by CON CHRONIS / AFP)

Police forces in Australia have arrested upwards of 250 people this past Saturday as a result of a massive wave of protests sweeping through in response to the renewed and tightened lockdown orders cropping up amid new and rising cases of COVID-19.

Large groups of anti-lockdown protesters have swarmed through the streets of Melbourne and Sydney, which has led to the injuring and subsequent hospitalization of seven police officers, as reported by Reuters.

“Mounted police used pepper spray in Melbourne to break up crowds of more than 4,000 surging toward police lines, while smaller groups of protesters were prevented from congregating in Sydney by a large contingent of riot police,” stated Reuters.

In Sydney, 47 people have been charged with the violating of public health orders or resisting arrest, and police have issued over 260 fines in the area. Meanwhile, in Melbourne, 218 people have reportedly been taking into custody, 236 have been fined, and a group of three have been taking into custody for allegedly assaulting police.


Since the reinstatement of lockdowns last Saturday, the residents of Sydney and its corresponding state of New South Wales have had to look down the barrel of a potential fine exceeding $5,000 for any violations of the extended stay-at-home orders, as reported by Reuters.

“We are in a very serious situation here in New South Wales,” stated Brad Hazzard, the state Health Ministers. “There is no time now to be selfish, it’s time to think of the broader community and your families.”

A priest from a freedom protest in Sydney this past month put forth an explanation to Rebel News as to why he opposed the ongoing government lockdowns. He explained how his generation had been called to fight the horrors of communism in Vietnam, he went on to warn that Australians now face an even larger threat to liberty spewing from their own government.

“My dad was very much in favor of conscription [for the Vietnam War]. He explained to me that it is important that we stand up because this country was founded in democratic principles that enshrined certain freedoms,” he stated.

“And we don’t want to live in a country where they can tell you you can’t go to church on Sunday. We don’t want to live in a country where they have electronic surveillance on you, where they can tell you when you come in and when you go out, whether you can go to work; who you can associate with, you know, whether you’re able to embrace people. I mean, God, it wasn’t even that extreme, I don’t think, but, you know, the so-called communist menace at the time was going to deprive us of all these rights,” he continued on.

The priest continued on to state that if the public health officials genuinely cared about public health, they would take into account the ramifications on mental health that the continually enforced forced isolation is taking on all the countries people, which he stated is leading to an increase in the suicide rate among citizens.

“They strip us of our humanity, they break down community, and they destroy the country we fought for, the country we love, the values we cherish. We need to stand up and fight not violently, but we need to be ready to have violence done to us, I suspect, by police and others. We’ve got to be ready to count the cost, as our mothers and our fathers did when they fought to give us these freedoms. It’s time for us now to stand up and fight to preserve them,” he concluded.


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