Video of Police Arresting Pregnant Mom for ‘Inciting’ Lockdown Protest Goes Viral
Viral video shows police arresting women at home
A pregnant 28-year-old woman in Australia was arrested by police in front of partner and two children for reportedly organizing a protest against the government imposed coronavirus lockdown.
Zoe Buhler was taken into custody by police after creating a “freedom day” event on Facebook, calling for people to gather against draconian lockdown measures peacefully.
The now-deleted event description read:
"As some of you may have seen the government has gone to extreme measures and are using scare tactics through the media to prevent the Melbourne protest."
“Here in Ballarat we can be a voice for those in stage four lockdowns. We can be seen and heard and hopefully make a difference!”
The upsetting video of Buhler's arrests shows police officers handcuffing her in front of her distraught partner and children.
Buhler becomes visually distressed as she tells officers she is pregnant.
“I have no idea why you guys are doing this,” she tells officers.
“My two kids are here. I have an ultrasound in an hour. I’m happy to delete the post."
“I don’t really understand what I’ve done wrong. This is ridiculous. I didn’t realize I was doing anything wrong.”
The woman desperately informs police she has an ultrasound appointment in an hour’s time before offering to delete the post.
Victoria police confirmed the woman was charged with incitement.
A mobile device was also seized, police said.
The incident comes just days after anti-lockdown protesters clashed with police in the state capital Melbourne.
The Daily Mail reported:
Mr. Andrews faces mounting pressure to resign from his post amid the strict lockdown, notably after he successfully extended the state of emergency by another six months.
The bill passed just before 2 am on Wednesday in the Victorian Upper House, with 20 votes in favor and 19 against.
The six-month extension was a compromise by Mr. Andrews. He initially proposed a 12-month extension, met with furious backlash from the public, civil rights groups, and both sides of politics.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison directly asked Mr. Andrews last week to reconsider his proposal and urged him to seek monthly or quarterly prolongments instead.