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74 Arrested, 176 Fined at Protests towards Lockdown in Australia’s Coronavirus Hotspot

Victoria Police mentioned in a press release that there have been between 200 and 250 individuals concerned within the protests, however there have been no instantly recognized accidents to the police. (Reuters)

A riot squad marched via fruit and vegetable stalls on the metropolis’s landmark, the Queen Victoria market, earlier than the struggling with protesters erupted, with some individuals throwing fruit on the police, tv footage confirmed.

  • Reuters Melbourne
  • Last Updated: September 13, 2020, 2:56 PM IST

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Police in Australia’s Victoria state arrested 74 individuals and fined 176 for breaching public well being orders as scattered protests towards a weeks-long coronavirus lockdown continued for a second straight day throughout Melbourne.

A riot squad marched via fruit and vegetable stalls on the metropolis’s landmark, the Queen Victoria market, earlier than the struggling with protesters erupted, with some individuals throwing fruit on the police, tv footage confirmed.






Victoria Police mentioned in a press release that there have been between 200 and 250 individuals concerned within the protests, however there have been no instantly recognized accidents to the police.

“It was extremely disappointing to see people not just protesting but putting the lives of other Victorians at risk despite all the warnings,” the police mentioned in an e-mailed assertion.

The protests got here after 14 individuals have been arrested at small dispersed rallies on Saturday and as Victoria is ready to ease its lockdown restrictions very barely as of Monday, because the variety of new each day coronavirus circumstances continued to fall within the nation’s hotspot.

On Sunday, there have been 41 new coronavirus circumstances reported and 7 extra deaths, displaying a gentle downward development from a peak of greater than 700 circumstances in a single day in early August.

Victoria accounts for about 75% of Australia’s greater than 26,600 COVID-19 circumstances and greater than 90% of the nation’s complete 810 deaths. The state capital, Melbourne, has been below strict lockdown for six weeks.

The metropolis will stay below arduous lockdown, however the period of time individuals will be capable to spend outdoors will double to 2 hours per day and the in a single day curfew shall be shortened by an hour as of Monday.

“They are small steps, but that’s what’s safe, absolutely appropriate, with numbers still coming down, but (remaining) too high to open up,” Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews informed a televised briefing earlier on Sunday.


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