UPDATED 3:28 PM PT – Friday, September 24, 2021
Police officers clashed with Australians protesting compulsory vaccinations for construction workers. Sky News Australia reported Victoria Police censored media coverage of Melbourne’s protests by banning the livestreaming of aerial footage.
Meanwhile, social media has shown officers firing pepper spray and rubber bullets in the backs of fleeing protesters. Some in Australian media have come out against the blackout by calling it a pathetic attempt by an overzealous police force, which has lost control of its own city.
“We have to be able to show people what is happening. It’s not what we do,” stated Darren Wick, news director of Nine News. “We are not a police state, so it’s very unprecedented and it’s very uncomfortable the decision being made to ban the helicopter coverage of this for the next several days is over reach and its a very dangerous precedent.”
Your regular reminder that there is no such thing as government power.
When even 3-5% of the population simply says “no”, government is hopelessly outnumbered.
This was a protest of lockdowns in Australia. Police told them to go home.
They said “no”.pic.twitter.com/WFffzehyL7
— Spike Cohen (@RealSpikeCohen) September 18, 2021
Protests across Australia have been the most active largely due to the restrictions by left-wing Premier Dan Andrews.