Anti-lockdown demonstrators were chased out of a suburban park and some were
arrested after a strong police presence driving them out of the area.
Due to a strong police presence at the original site, organisers told the few demonstrators who
arrived at the Victorian State Library in Melbourne’s CBD to head to Elsternwick Park in Brighton.
“Police have made a number of arrests in Elsternwick after a small number of people had gathered in blatant breach of the Chief Health Officer’s directions,” the force said in a statement on social media.
Despite organisers ordering demonstrators to “disperse like mist” and “be
water,” several people near the park and the beach were arrested.
The “Freedom Day” rally was attended by up to 100 people but
many were splintered into smaller groups and some went to the foreshore.
Confusion reigned among encrypted chats with many questioning why the protest relocated
and where they should be going until police arrived at the park.
The move to the park was labelled “ridiculous” by one of the more
than 700 chat participants because it was 22 minutes away from the original venue.
One group marched through the streets shouting “independence”
and waving a flag as they pursued mounted police.
Images from the park show a large number of people, some with families, walking around,
although it is not clear if they are all demonstrators or simply residents enjoying the weather.