Protestors chanted “free Victoria” and lit flares on the steps of state parliament, as many marchers turned aggressive, prompting police to name within the mounted department.
The protests got here after the state recorded 12 new circumstances in the present day, as residents wait anxiously to seek out out whether or not the state’s lockdown might be prolonged.
“We are able to all argue the deserves or in any other case of varied approaches to managing transmission, however let’s not fake that ‘marching for freedom’ will truly ship the dear freedom that all of us want and want,” Professor Sutton mentioned.
“Victoria Police helps the best to protest however now isn’t the best time throughout a world pandemic and when the state is in lockdown,” Assistant Commissioner Cornelius mentioned.
“The occasion organisers weren’t cooperative with police nor would they think about transferring the protest to a later date when it will be protected to take action.
“Because of this, we needed to roster lots of of police to this occasion due to their egocentric actions and blatant disregard of others.
“This isn’t the place we wish to be allocating our helpful assets – they need to be in the neighborhood retaining individuals protected – but we proceed to take action due to the egocentric minority.”
Victoria Police will evaluation all video footage from in the present day’s protest to establish “as many protesters as doable in order that applicable motion could be taken in opposition to them”.
“We won’t stand by whereas egocentric individuals intentionally select to place each Victorian at additional threat of the unfold of the extremely contagious and harmful Delta variant,” Mr Cornelius mentioned.
“It beggars perception that the protest in the present day may, if mass spreading happens, end in an extension of the very factor they’re protesting for: an finish to the present lockdown and a reopening of enterprise, which is one thing we’re all working so onerous to attain.”