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Australia COVID Lockdown: Melbourne Police Shoot Rubber Bullets at Protesters, Get No-Fly Zone

Australia COVID Lockdown: Melbourne Police Shoot Rubber Bullets at Protesters, Get No-Fly Zone

Thank God for the 2nd Amendment.

How should we describe Australia’s leaders? Fascists? Dictators? Tyrants? The worst?

All of them. The authorities have not stopped cracking down on people in the name of HEALTH.

The people are tired of the tyrants. The people want freedom. Melbourne is on its sixth lockdown. SIXTH.

The protests started over the weekend, which Fuzzy covered. The police used pepper spray on the protesters.

The protests did not stop. The Melbourne police took it up a notch with rubber bullets and pepper balls. They arrested over 200 people.

Authorities also claim that far-right groups hijacked the protests. Because, you know, only tradespeople have a problem with the fascists taking away their freedoms:

Authorities and union officials had warned that extremist and far-right groups have also joined the protests.

“There were some people there who you would say were from the building industry,” Victoria state premier Daniel Andrews said.

“There were others who were not. They are not there to protest, they are there for a fight, pretend to be protesting.”

In fact, the police and authorities are so in the right on this that they got a no-fly zone order over Melbourne.

Huh. So that means the media cannot fly over the protests and document the police hunting down the protesters.

Wait! The media rightfully pitched a fit. Authorities made a few concessions:

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) confirmed to 9News.com.au that Victoria Police had been granted a temporary restricted airspace order over the CBD as they face ongoing protests. Initially media helicopters were completely banned to fly, but Victoria Police have backtracked to allow any who have been given permission but demanded a 60-minute delay on broadcasting any aerial images.

From Thursday, no aircraft is allowed within a three nautical mile radius or below 2500 feet of Melbourne’s CBD without permission from police.

The protesters made them do it, you guys. The media videos and livestreams help out the protesters!

Australia’s 9News Director of News and Current Affairs Darren Wick is frustrated by the move. He insists they support the police, but they cannot stop the media from doing its job.

Wick’s response makes me think he doesn’t buy the vomit coming from the police:

“But to restrict us from seeing what’s there – you can’t do that. They say democracy dies in darkness.

“We have to be able to see. We have to be able to show the public what is happening. We’re not a police state. It’s very unprecedented and it’s very uncomfortable the decision that has been made.”

 

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Brave Sir Robbin | September 22, 2021 at 7:08 pm

I’m sure glad the police have guns and the people are disarmed, or this could get nasty.

According to news elsewhere the city is “united in disgust at the desecration yesterday of the hallowed Shrine of Remembrance” however the same article notes that “workers from other industries – including teachers and nurses – say they’ll join in” so there’s an inherent contradiction happening.

On the one hand the protests are supposed to be reviled by all decent people, on the other hand decent people from other industries and less militant unions are joining the protest. Potentially things could be spiralling out of control for the Far Left government in control of the city and state.

This is a warning to us. With over 450 million firearms, would this happen here?

Australians giving up their only line of defense is a reminder to us NEVER EVER TRUST government nor believe that they have you in our best interest. Yet, so many Gun owners and so called Conservative and libertarians here trusted the government on masks, vaccines and lockdowns.

    randian in reply to natdj. | September 22, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    That fact is only meaningful if the government believes those weapons will actually be used to oppose it, and even then only if it fears it can’t use shooting incidents as propaganda against the rebels. I would say neither applies to the US government at this time.

Mr. Wick (too funny that!) might want to take another hard look out the window – Australia, at this point, is most certainly a police state. The transition from representative democracy to Faucist police state happened quickly and with far too little pushback.

Americans – take heed!

A few years ago that the Australian people would have shot back at the police with real bullets.

They gave up their freedom a long time before these protests.

Those Australian protestors look even more crazy violent than our own right-wing extremist Tea Party. I hope they cleaned up before they left. People with baby strollers tend to be litter bugs.

“Police fired rubber bullets, stinger grenades and pepper balls at an anti-lockdown protesters…”

What a relief. It’s only the police. Thank goodness the National Firearms Agreement 1996 outlawed private firearms and kept ’em out of criminal hands, or the Aussies would have real trouble.

Americans – take heed!
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amen–we are seeing in real time, in a first-world country, what virus cum fascisim looks like–and it’s going to get much worse

i pray for the aussies (and the kiwis) have in-laws / family there–they are a brave and honorable people–they are in a fight for personal freedom–may providence guide them and protect them

    Brave Sir Robbin in reply to texansamurai. | September 22, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    “… what virus cum fascisim looks like….”

    Did the virus really have much to do with it? I wonder. Eventually, any excuse would have sufficed.

“We only care about your health!” *BANG* “Why don’t you believe we want you to be safe?” *BANG* “It’s dangerous to be out without a mask!” *BANG*

It’s unfair to say they’re trying to keep you safe. They’re trying to keep other people safe. Externalities is always the reason. Whether the courts go along or not is another matter, depending on the country.

Maybe the Australian police can move on to using needle-tipped rubber bullets:

Project Veritas:
FDA Official: ‘Blow Dart’ African Americans with Vaccine

Four dead in Ohio…

The Friendly Grizzly | September 22, 2021 at 10:13 pm

“Thank food for the 2nd Amendment.”

Will we actually use it?

Show of hands: how many of you are willing to kill a cop?

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to The Friendly Grizzly. | September 22, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    God…

      The longer Democrats selectively apply the law the sooner that time will come TFG. It may not be today or tomorrow or next week BUT that time is drawing closer with each passing day.

    You have to understand something…..we good ole southern boys own hunting rifles and can hit a target at 200 yds while concealed.
    I can make a head shot.

      henrybowman in reply to scooterjay. | September 22, 2021 at 10:53 pm

      I’m going to my first wind-reading class Saturday morning.
      With the local high-school high power shooting team.
      If you have any control at all over your own lives, people, choose your neighborhoods.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to scooterjay. | September 23, 2021 at 7:35 am

      I’m a southern transplant. I am fair to decent with a handgun, and given some time to aim, I can sort of hit things with a long gun. But, I am far from good at it. I respect and envy my neighbors who CAN do well. All I can do is lend a hand.

    I think a lot of people are, but aren’t willing to, yet. You have to have nothing to lose. Only a crazy person would act alone and nobody sane wants to be part of a doomed peasant rebellion. I think it would take a special kind of person to pick off cops from 500 yards. I don’t think I could live with myself doing that unless circumstances were quite different.

    If the cops start mowing people down, then a lot of people will lose that inhibition.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Dathurtz. | September 23, 2021 at 7:36 am

      I’m old, not all that healthy, and if the time comes to “raus!” me into a truck, the most likely shot I will take is my own suicide. I just can’t see going to a camp.

    Umm, if anyone here was willing do you think they’d post it here? Come on, use some common sense.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Evil Otto. | September 23, 2021 at 7:37 am

      Rhetorical. Look it up.

      Add to that: the first one to speak up in favor of it, or urging it, is the most stupid of the Fibbies that likely monitor the site.

Nearly all the Aussie media is on the side of the government. This is about keeping drones shooting footage out of the sky, not media helicopters, just as Biden’s no-fly zone order at the US border was intended to do.

    Brave Sir Robbin in reply to randian. | September 22, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Drones are far cheaper than helicopters or aircraft. The cost limits aerial coverage to large and well funded news organization, most of which are, as you point out, aligned with the state. It is a means to limit and control coverage of the event.

spoke with aussie relatives a few hours ago–according to them, sydney is under martial law–have not been able to confirm the same via any news service as yet but this is from a couple of folks about 60 miles away from sydney

    Brave Sir Robbin in reply to texansamurai. | September 22, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    Certainly doubt that. There is no need. It may feel like it, but the civil government is fully in control . I wonder what supply chain disruptions these Aussie lockdowns are creating. What do they make other than Foster’s beer and Sauvignon Blanc?

      Subotai Bahadur in reply to Brave Sir Robbin. | September 23, 2021 at 12:10 am

      I would expect that Aussie supply chains are not much different than ours for food. Just-in-time scheduling with the supply of food in warehouses and stores in any city equal to about a 3 day supply. Various energy sources unprotected and subject to disruption. This could be most untidy.

      Subotai Bahadur

        Brave Sir Robbin in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | September 23, 2021 at 12:52 am

        Modern societies are highly fragile. But the question was how does disruption in Australia ripple outward and affect the rest of the world? I don’t like Foster’s beer. So, other than my general concern for the welfare of all mankind no matter where they may be, what are the effects of a fascist Australia, other than providing negative lessons for our domestic tyrants?

      You forgot that they ship quality Port, and lots of beef and a fair amount of lamb.

hope you’re right bsr but both these folks are native aussies, in their 50’s, not given to hype at all–as said earlier, cannot confirm via any news service in the last several hours

    Brave Sir Robbin in reply to texansamurai. | September 23, 2021 at 12:54 am

    Well, come on. We all know how reliable the news services are. I am sure we would have heard something. I mean, they would not actively suppress anything, would they?

Yes take heed. But it’s a big step to consider returning fire. There’s no un-ringing that bell. It bugs me how every gun owner thinks unholstering or brandishing is a solution to force on force.

BLM and Antifa could have easily have gone there. They were smart and didn’t because then it would absolutely have justified the force multipliers it would draw out by the side that holds a legal monopoly on committing the violence. They wisely went for third world variants avoiding any single combatant on their side being a target. Hate them I do, but I respect the thinking they put into their methods.

I am a big proponent of avoiding the Gulag state where the side inflicting violence demands civility from its victims- and if you seriously think we are going there you need to seriously think about your tactics because “shots fired” will bring the cavalry out by the guys who actually have the cavalry.

    Brave Sir Robbin in reply to Andy. | September 23, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    Chasing every bullet is an ambulance, and chasing every ambulance is a lawyer. Unless you like buying lawyers new Maserati’s, I would refrain from shooting at civilians except as an absolute last resort to protect yourself or someone else from imminent death or serious bodily harm,

    If you shoot at police or Soldiers, nothing so dramatic happens, because an undertaker can take his time and costs far less.

    Learn the methods of non-violent protest, action, and resistance. It’s the moral and effective thing to do.

      MLK or Gandhi would have lasted about 15 minutes against Hitler or Stalin. The current Left started where Hitler and Stalin ended.

        Andy in reply to SDN. | September 23, 2021 at 4:06 pm

        affirmed…. Gulag Archipilogo…(sp) I only got about 4 hours into the first audiobook and still feel like I need a Priest escape door in the house.

        But BSR is correct- the guys with guns and badges are often good shots and what the ones who aren’t lack in marksmen they can make up in radio response. If what’s happening in Canada and Australia comes here- I’m not going to be on the peaceful protest train, I’m going to make enforcement very messy.

        Brave Sir Robbin in reply to SDN. | September 24, 2021 at 4:55 pm

        Non-violent protests brought down the Soviet Union. True, Stalin was not in charge at the time, but mowing down people in the street is more likely to lead to a violent response from the people, and not pacification.

        You can chose to become a living martyr in jail, or a dead one buried and done. Living ones get a second chance to continue the cause and see and enjoy the fruits of their ultimate victory. Dead ones do not. And if they want to kill you, they will kill you weather you are violent or not, but they are very much more likely to kill you if you are violent.

        Trust me, it’s real hard to survive even a year’s worth of high intensity combat. Even 15 minutes is a challenge. Beat your chest all you want, but I suggest you refrain before the point someone drives a 5.56mm round into it.

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