Dozens of Victorians protest coronavirus restrictions
A number of people have been arrested during anti-lockdown demonstrations at Parliament House in Melbourne as dozens of Victorians flout social distancing orders to protest.
A number of people have been arrested during anti-lockdown demonstrations in Melbourne, flouting Victoria's social distancing orders to protest.
Dozens of people have stormed Parliament House in the city's CBD, holding signs and calling for lockdowns to end.https://twitter.com/LanaMurphy/status/1259302286314008577?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
The protesters can be heard saying "the police do not have authority," and "our law is the ultimate law", chanting "no lockdown".
It is understood a number of people have been arrested and issued fines for not adhering to the state's strict social distancing measures.
Footage from the scene shows on man punching a police officer while he was leading a woman into a patrol car.
Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said it is "incredibly disappointing that people would be protesting or seeking to suggest we don't have a pandemic."
"Those people know that this pandemic is not fake news. We've had 18 Victorians lose their lives as a result of COVID-19," she said.
"I know that there are many people who are feeling very sad today because they don't have their mothers or their grandmothers with them whose lives were lost as a result of this virus."
Victoria Police is urging anyone on the scene to maintain social distancing measures.
"The nature of the protest and police response is very dynamic, and boundaries of police/protestor activity is constantly moving," a statement from police said.
"We would like to remind media to ensure they are practicing social distancing measures when filming police officers.
"We are also concerned that media may unexpectedly find themselves within the police area of operation and be exposed to a risk of injury."