Thousand of Facebook pages deleted. Live streams ended abruptly. Independent journalists threatened. Nobody is talking about Australia’s tradie lockdown or the media blackout.
“This is there fault, they willingly gave up their freedom to bear arms,” appears to be the general consensus of American conservatives about the Australian lockdown protest crisis. According to several sources, the paramilitary is getting involving in Australia’s lockdown protest.
If one was to search “Tradie COVID protest” on Google they’d discover several articles about the lockdown protest in Melbourne, Victory. However, most of the coverage appears to be very critical of the hardworking men and women who are fed up with losing work due to extremely strict COVID laws.
The protest was initially a response to new COVID restriction that banned Aussie tradies from eating their lunch in tearooms at their job sites. The new law stipulates that no food can be consumed indoors at worksites across Victoria to stop the spread of COVID-19. Workers instead decided to take their chairs and portable coolers to the busy streets of Sydney instead an eat there.
The tradie ‘smoko’ protest was met with a strong response from Victorian police and sadly has now devolved into a violent riot. But who is to blame?
Police moving in. pic.twitter.com/bpseaYNZEL— Paul Dowsley (@paul_dowsley) September 17, 2021
Some demonstrators suspect that the troublemakers are plainclothes law enforcement officers. There is no evidence that this kind of approach is utilised by riot police or SWAT, but it is used rather frequently by law enforcement to provoke violence so that they can increase their use of force.
Cops in chat.
Chat logs provided by NCA NewsWire show an image of a female protestor who is believed to be a plain-clothed police officer who appears to be inciting violence. Another’s opinion is that the woman pictured was not a police officer who was from the Telegraph discussion records.
According to people who have attended the protest, things have escalated to the the point where the Australian military has gotten involved and that the media has been silenced.
“Video streaming blocked from phone towers in Melbourne. FB [Facebook] removed the FB live feature at the request of the Australian government. The independent journos are silent today, probably served a suppression order; one reporter from Rebel News did a podcast and now has a big bruise across the nose and cheek that wasn’t there last night. Didn’t speak about it today.”
“The paramilitary has been doing the rounds targeting people deemed organisers and leaders. Thousands and thousands from various employment today but complete blackout. Police everywhere. Police told no fly zone over city [during the Tradie lockdown protest in Melbourne, Victoria].”
Victorian police have been showing up to homes of people who merely criticise lockdown on social media.
A shocking video, which has now been viewed over 2 million times, shows Mrs Buhler and her partner chatting to police outside their home in the city of Ballarat. The officers from the Victoria Police Department are seen holding a warrant.
When queried about the reason for the arrest, one officer responds, “It’s in regard to a Facebook post, in relation to a lockdown protest you organised on that particular day.”
Speaking to media outside her Ballarat home, Zoe-Lee Buhler said she wanted to feel like she was “doing something” and “standing up for human rights”.
“I’m just a passionate person. I’m sick of the lockdowns and I’m sick of hearing about suicides. “I personally lost my job, and I’m just sick of watching the economy collapse.”
Authorities charged Ms Buhler for incitement over a rally against Victoria’s stage four lockdowns via a Facebook post. She offered to delete the post while her husband appealed to officers not to arrest his wife.
The live stream, recorded by her husband, of her arrest went viral and was viewed more than two million times. “I wanted to peaceful protest and I don’t want anyone going to jail or getting hurt,” Ms Buhler said. “So I’m not going to sit here and encourage protesting. It’s sad though, I wish I could.” When asked if she would still go and protest, she said she was too scared now. “It’s fear-mongering,” she said.