Melbourne Braces for More Anti-Lockdown Protests

Police officers in Melbourne went on patrol on Thursday, September 23 to prevent another anti-lockdown rally as the COVID-19 cases in Victoria soared to another all-time high.

Police enforced stricter patrolling measures after a violent protest broke out last Wednesday that led to more than 200 arrests. Police now checked people’s motives for being outside in central Melbourne. 

Anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination protestors also physically and verbally abused several staff of the vaccination site at Melbourne Town Hall for weeks, which led to its closure until Monday.

The staged protests were in reaction to an order of putting construction sites into a two-week lockdown and making vaccination required for construction workers. It was also said that extremist and far-right groups took part in the demonstrations. 

The Delta variant outbreak triggered Australia’s third wave of infection in Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra leading to strict lockdown restrictions. Government officials pledged to relax stay-at-home directives once 70% of the adults are fully vaccinated. 

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