Anti-lockdown protesters are threatening to carry “really big rallies” throughout Melbourne’s CBD through the metropolis’s AFL grand last day public vacation.
In an encrypted chat discussion board protesters have been utilizing to speak with one another throughout earlier rallies, protest organisers stated previous motion was “all leading up to something big on October 23”.
“We are furious. It’s time to act. We must start building for the 23rd immediately,” it stated.
A map of Melbourne’s CBD confirmed three totally different “assembly areas” and the Shrine of Remembrance because the “main rally” level at 2pm on the Friday.
“Wait in the assembly areas until the rally points are revealed,” the chat stated.
Restrictions are set to ease on October 19, however cussed double-digit case numbers and a 14-day common nonetheless hovering too far above the protected threshold means the lockdown could possibly be prolonged.
Victoria Police stated they have been conscious of the protest deliberate for Friday, October 23.
“Victoria Police will continue to have a highly visible presence throughout the weekend to enforce all of the chief health officer directions, including the restrictions around gatherings,” a spokesperson stated.
“We will maintain a strong capacity to respond to any potential breaches of the chief health officer directions at any point in time in both metropolitan and regional areas.”
In metropolitan Melbourne, not more than 5 folks from two totally different households are in a position to collect, with the 5 kilometre radius rule nonetheless in place.
Individuals can solely meet up in teams of as much as 10 in out of doors areas whereas carrying a face overlaying, and social distancing in regional Victoria.