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WATCH: Avi Yemini Tackled by Police and Arrested While Reporting on Anti-Lockdown Protests

Avi Yemini, Rebel News’ chief Australian correspondent was tackled to the ground by Victorian Police and arrested on Saturday while reporting on Melbourne’s anti-lockdown protest.


Avi Yemini, Rebel News’ chief Australian correspondent was tackled to the ground by Victorian Police and arrested on Saturday while reporting on Melbourne’s anti-lockdown protest.

“I was violently ARRESTED today while covering the lockdown protest in Melbourne for @RebelNewsOnline,” Yemini later said in a tweet.

“It seems like JOURNALISTS aren’t even safe anymore in Victoria,” he added.

Attached to the tweet was a 27-second video showing numerous officers restraining Yemini who was clearly carrying a microphone and standing with his camera crew at the time.

As the officers pinned him to the ground, Yemini can be heard explaining that he is with the media and his permit can be found in his pocket.

Following his release, police later visited Yemini at his home. Much of the conversation was captured and uploaded to social media.

“We demand an end to the Victoria Police state that detains journalists for doing their job,” Yemini said in a post on Rebel News.

Yemini said at the time of his heavy-handed arrest, he had all the correct paperwork and accreditation.

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