Police are aware that coronavirus conspiracy theorists from across Australia are preparing to meet “for Victoria” this weekend and burn face masks in protest.
Posts in a Facebook community of nearly 33,000 followers expose plans to mass gather at local Anzac memorial sites at noon in Australia’s capital cities except Melbourne, which is subject to stage 4 coronavirus restrictions.
One party leader shared a 15-minute video on social media this week calling on followers to “gather for every Victorian.”
The conspiracy theorist also calls on Australians in the video, viewed more than 81,000 times, to stand outside their homes and “burn your mask, breathe and declare your national sovereignty”.
Plans announced plan to meet at Adelaide’s cenotaph in Adelaide.
South Australia Police reported that they were aware of the expected action of protest and will continue to liaise with organisers of protest.
“Sufficient police resources will be provided to ensure a peaceful protest is held, to minimise traffic disruptions and that the safety of all members of the community is maintained,” a spokesperson said.
“We strongly encourage people to practise physical distancing of 1.5 metres wherever and whenever possible.”