A pregnant woman was arrested by police in front of her two children for an anti-lockdown post on Facebook. Police arrested Zoe-Lee Buhler, 28, in Victoria, after she posted about an anti-lockdown protest in the State. Buhler was released on bail.
The police defended the arrest saying that public gatherings have been banned in the State as part of the lock down restrictions.
However, human rights organisations have criticised the move.
“Arresting people pre-emptively for the act of organising peaceful protests or for social media posts is something that happens all too often under authoritarian regimes, and it should not be happening in a democracy like Australia,” said Elaine Pearson of Human Rights Watch.
Australian police also have come under fire for the heavy-handed dealing of a woman who was not wearing a mask in public. It later turned out she had a medical exemption.