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April 13, 2023
Tens of thousands of anti-lockdown protestors took to the streets of Melbourne after the Australian government implemented another round of restrictive COVID-19 policies.
As of August 5th, AU News reports 15 police arrests and a separate 16 fines during the demonstrations. Non-peaceful protestors allegedly pushed an officer to the ground and kicked him, set off a flare, and damaged law enforcement vehicles. “Four of the offenders who were arrested or fined are known to police as protest organizers. They have been dealt with previously and it is expected will be presented to court on appropriate charges, such as incitement,” said Police Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius.
Australian COVID-19 policies include closed borders, travel and gathering limits, and vaccine mandates in certain settings. States with new orders include New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia, which include some of the country’s most populous cities such as Melbourne and Sydney.
The latest measures are the government’s sixth round of orders, despite low cases and deaths. Similar to efforts, including mask and vaccine mandates in America, the policies arrive after the spread of the Delta variant which caused a spike in cases.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: LA TIMES