A pregnant mother in Victoria has been handcuffed in front of her young children and arrested by police for sharing a Facebook post about a planned anti-lockdown protest.
Footage uploaded to social media shows the young woman in her pyjamas moments after police officers entered her home.
“You’re under arrest in relation to incitement,” an officer tells the distraught woman after handing her a search warrant.
Another officer then proceeds to handcuff the woman as the woman explains she has to go to an ultrasound appointment for her unborn baby.
“Let me finish and I’ll explain,” the officer interrupted. “It’s in relation to a Facebook post, in relation to a lockdown protest you put on for Saturday.”
“I wasn’t breaking any laws by doing that,” the woman replied.
“You are actually,” the officer said. “You are breaking a law. That’s why I’m arresting you in relation to incitement.”
“In front of my two children?” the woman asked.
Police then told the woman they would be seizing all computers and mobile devices found in the home.
U.S. political commentator Dan Bongino recently weighed in on the currents state of Victoria, accusing the government of turning Melbourne into a “police state using the coronavirus as a backdrop.”
“For all my Australian listeners, I feel really bad for you if you live in Melbourne right now,” Bongino said. “You are watching your civil liberties go down the tubes right now, being flushed down the toilet.”
Bongino went on to say Melburnians have fewer freedoms than those who lived under the Soviet Union.