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Arrest of pregnant Australian anti-lockdown activist at her home sparks outcry

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This is a bit much by the authorities. That said, ignorance is not a defense in law.

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"I am just a passionate person and I am sick of the lockdowns,"

Like the other eight billion of us. The difference is we don't incite irresponsible lawbreaking.

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Now thats some over the top policing by the authorities.

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Australia is clearly changing for the worst since I was last living there.

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But Australians inciting protests during a pandemic were being selfish and their actions threatened the state's recovery, he added.

of course

Now thats some over the top policing by the authorities.

Yes. arresting a pregnant woman, especially in front of her children, is too much. She should have been given a verbal warning and ordered to delete some of her posts- especially those calling the virus a hoax. That's damaging fake news.

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Not sure about the sensitivity of virus tests carried out in Aussie, but top virologists in the US are now claiming that many many positive tests are not true as the amount of the virus found is so small that it has no effect on the person and can’t be passed on.

if Australia is the same, these lockdowns and draconian civil rights abuses have been devastating waste of time and money.

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28 with two children - one a mere babe-in-arms - and another on the way. Sher really needs to find something else to do during lockdown.

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Australia the police state.

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This is a major overreach by the Victorian government, and another example of the police-state style of authoritarianism creeping through the Andrews government. I wonder what would have happened if the woman's husband wasn't recording the arrest.

Oddly a few months back when infection numbers were rising, Andrews and the police did not exercise the same level of enthusiasm against a protest when it was BLM holding it. The protest went ahead and the cops arrested nobody.

But in this case, they crack down. What else should we expect from a premier who has signed up to the CCP's Belt & Road Initiative and is fighting to keep the details of deals secret? Signs up with authoritarian despots and uses their tactics to stifle dissent against his excessive lockdown laws. if anyone should be arrested, it should be Andrews for treason.

Conservative pundits, politicians and conspiracy theorists -- who have continually criticized virus restrictions in the country -- seized on the video as evidence of what they called a "police state" in Victoria.

And they're 100% right.

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Australia the police state.

I wouldnt have believed it but thete it is. NZ is going the same way. You can expect a visit from the police if your Facebook post doesnt conform.

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28 with two children - one a mere babe-in-arms - and another on the way. Sher really needs to find something else to do during lockdown.

So, she shouldnt have time for a Facebook post?

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A very OTT reaction by the authorities.

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Well that's one way to turn people against the already beleaguered and humiliated Labour state government! The Premier takes his cues from Communist China so arresting pregnant women is child's play to this traitor. He's in trouble come next election

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WellingtonToday  10:45 am JST

Well that's one way to turn people against the already beleaguered and humiliated Labour state government! The Premier takes his cues from Communist China so arresting pregnant women is child's play to this traitor. He's in trouble come next election

I hope he gets booted out and straight into prison, but I'm not overly confident. A sizeable proportion of Victorians seem to be loving their captivity, for their own safety of course, if polls are to be believed. And with a Liberal Party basically missing in action, Labor might get in again. I can't vote in Australia anymore, so can't vote against the ALP. But I'm glad in in Japan and not in Andrews' fledging police state.

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This is OTT but she clearly is in the wrong. If she had an ultrasound appt. she had a right to go to it but having a mass rally to spread misinformation is being as stupid as the Treasontump's exhortations to his militia filth followers to cause havoc in the USA.

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Australia has moved to arrest activists who organise demonstrations

That's sufficient to know it is a bad idea for any free country.

I bet if the local prosecutor would have phoned the woman, it could have been more cleanly handled. If the post remained, then they could arrest her and the people violating the emergency rules against crowds.

Another reason not to use social media and especially not to use it with your real name and without a VPN.

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"The woman Zoe Buhler, told local media Thursday that she had posted the protest plans without knowing it was illegal in the locked-down state of Victoria, which is battling a major outbreak of Covid-19."

If she believed in what she posted continually on the social media, how come she did NOT set an example for people in her country by LEAVING her home and mingling up with her friends??? I would have had sympathy for her if somehow she had stupidly and genuinely believed that lock-down was not necessary and the virus was a hoax. However, it appears that she was staying home herself and was able to make arrangements in relation to her hospital appointment/s- so she was aware that despite the lockdown people were allowed to go out when it was necessary and in this sense she was aware that lockdown did not entirely imprisoned people to their homes. Under such circumstances it is then a HYPOCRISY and indeed a CRIME to tell people the virus was a hoax and they should defy the preventative measures.

(This lady in all likelihood was making considerable amount of money on social media platforms by misinforming people and inciting insurrection.)

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Total authoritarian overreach. I am surprised the Australian population tolerates this.

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