Victoria Police detained over 70 protesters for a second day during a massed anti-coronavirus lockout rally in Melbourne.
Officers at Queen Victoria Market on Sunday outnumbered about 250 demonstrators shouting “Freedom” and “Power to the People.”
Officers created a ring of hundreds of demonstrators, and detained many of them gradually.
Victoria Police reported they had detained 74 people and issued at least 176 notices of violation for violating orders from the Chief Health Officer.
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“[The protest] disrupted many law-abiding Victorians from their weekly produce shopping,” a Victoria Police spokesperson said.
“Police were disappointed that many protestors were aggressive and threatened violence towards officers.
“There were no injuries to police that have been identified at this time.
“It was extremely disappointing to see people not just protesting, but putting the lives of other Victorians at risk despite all the warnings. “
Victoria reported 41 new cases and seven deaths on Sunday, bringing the state’s death toll to 723.