Victoria Police move in as small group of protesters gather at All Nations Park in Northcote
A small group of protesters gathered in a park in northeast Melbourne and dispersed as soon as police intervened.
Just after 2 p.m. on Friday, a group of about 60 people formed at All Nations Park in Northcote.
Victoria Police were not far away and within minutes dozens of uniformed officers and the riot squad arrived in the park.
Less than an hour later, the group dispersed and started running in different directions.
A huge police presence remains and they seem to be talking to everyone socializing in the park.
Earlier on Friday, several people were handcuffed by police in the CBD ahead of any planned protest action.
Organizers announced on Telegram that the protests would begin at 10 a.m. at the corner of Elizabeth and Bourke streets.
But the police came in force, stopping people walking down the street and asking them why they were outside.
At least three people were seen handcuffed by the police.
Several others were fined for violating the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s instructions and ordered to move on.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton called the protesters “absolutely wacky.”
âThe first thing about the protesters is that it’s not just about being against compulsory vaccination,â he said.
âThey are against everything.
âThey’re anti-containment, anti-stop international travel, anti-masks, anti-social distancing – they think this will all be solved by taking a horse dewormer tablet that gives you leads and puts some people in the hospital.
“They are literally in a fantasy world.”
Victoria Police said Friday evening 215 people were arrested during the protest.
All will be fined for violation of public health order.
A number of others will be charged with criminal offenses, including deception, theft and drug offenses.
“The police are disappointed at the number of people who continue to violate the instructions of the CHO and remind those people that we will not tolerate their behavior and that we will continue to arrest and fine them if they do. turns out to be in violation of CHO’s instructions, “Victoria Police said.