PQC: This time, the thugs have tried to block any entry to the protesting ground in order to limit the growing crowd!

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Dozens of arrests have been reported amid a heated anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne, Australia, where hundreds gathered to demand an end to Covid-19 measures, meeting a heavy police presence and at times clashing with officers.

A sizable crowd descended on Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance on Saturday morning for the ‘Freedom Day’ rally, calling on state authorities to rescind Victoria’s stage-four coronavirus restrictions, which include a nightly curfew. 

“Scam, scam, scam” @9NewsAUS@9NewsMelb@ACurrentAffair9pic.twitter.com/MRbjQojgFv— Sam Cucchiara (@SamCucchiara9) September 5, 2020

Chants of “scam!” erupted from the crowd at certain points, apparently led by an elderly man, who was also heard saying: “I can’t believe this is my country! This is my Australia. I was born and bred here – for 82 years!”

Massive scuffle has just broken out. Things are getting ugly @theheraldsunpic.twitter.com/VX1jD2Kr6e— Aneeka Simonis (@AneekaSimonis) September 5, 2020

@VictoriaPolice not messing around today pic.twitter.com/dL8zBsXAIc— Rebecca Maddern (@RebeccaMaddern9) September 5, 2020

Some of the demonstrators have since abandoned the shrine and were seen flocking to another location, according to a local reporter, though their destination was unclear.

They’re on the move. Unsure to where. Crowd size continuing to grow. @9NewsAUS@9NewsMelb@ACurrentAffair9pic.twitter.com/o3WUz4AMfc— Sam Cucchiara (@SamCucchiara9) September 5, 2020

A number of arrests were made prior to the rally, with authorities serving warrants to those promoting the prohibited event on social media, including a pregnant woman, who likened her encounter with officers to a “kidnapping.” 

Police also reportedly stopped motorists approaching the area around the shrine on Saturday, checking IDs and detaining some individuals, apparently in hopes of preventing a larger gathering.