Melbourne protests: Police surround Shrine of Remembrance as anti-lockdown protesters gather

Police have already made at least one arrest after surrounding the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne to cut off anti-lockdown protesters.

Police have formed a barrier around Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance in an effort to fend off anti-lockdown protesters who are planning a demonstration in the Botanic Gardens.

At least one arrest has already been made after news trickled through Saturday morning that protesters are planning another day of action against the state government’s coronavirus restrictions and proposed workplace jab mandates.

But a large police presence, as already on the scene around 12:30 p.m., apparently saps the protesters’ momentum.

Saturday’s planned protest – which follows two weeks of impromptu action and arrests in the Victorian capital – was reportedly organized through Telegram messaging groups and was initially set to begin around noon.

The meeting was expected to take place in and around the Botanical Gardens, but journalists following Telegram channels – a communication channel used by anti-vaxxer and anti-lockdown groups – reported that times and locations continued to shift, causing confusion.

The city has witnessed numerous attempted protests over the past week, but none reached the fever pitch of the demonstrations that rocked Melbourne about two weeks ago.

A number of protesters reportedly gathered near the Myer Music Bowl just after 1 p.m.

Meanwhile, Greater Shepparton and the city of Moorabool went into a seven-day lockdown overnight.

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