“You are literally trapped, in a box, on your decking, with fences all around you, cameras everywhere. It’s just astounding. You’re literally treated like a prisoner in there.”
I blogged yesterday about the COVID internment camps in Australia. The news report alone would horrify anyone but now we have a first-person account.
Freddie Sayers interviewed Hayley Hodgson, 26, who moved to Darwin in the Northern Territory to escape the Melbourne lockdown.
Hayley is home after her 14-day lockup in the camp because she had a friend who tested positive for COVID:
They asked if she had done a Covid test, and in the moment she lied and said she had, when she in fact had not yet. This set in train an extraordinary series of events.
“So then the police officers blocked my driveway,” she says. “I walked out and I said, “what’s going on, are you guys testing me for COVID? What’s happening?” They said, “no, you’re getting taken away. And you have no choice. You’re going to Howard Springs. You either come with us now, and we’ll put you in the back of the divvy van. Or you can have a choice to get a ‘COVID cab’… I just said, “I don’t consent to this. I don’t understand why I can’t just self-isolate at home, like a lot of other people are doing.” And they just said, “we’ve just been told from higher up where to take you. And that’s all that there is.”
Sayers asked Hayley how the authorities knew to investigate her: “I have a scooter and they ran my number plates. And they ran the number plates and saw the footage that I was with a person who had tested positive. And that’s how they knocked on my door and knew where I loved, from running my number plate.”
How scary is that!? Goodness. Hayley also said the CDC told her that her 14-day imprisonment was a punishment for lying to the police about taking a COVID test. Out of the 10 close contacts of the infected person, only Hayley went to the camp.
The police forced Hayley to pack a bag and told her housemates that once she tests negative she could come home. Unfortunately, that did not happen.
Hayley had to stay there for 14 days even if every test came back negative. They tested her three times. Hayley never tested positive.
Hayley described life in prison: “You literally get put on the back of a golf buggy with your bags. And these people are in hazmat suits and everything. They don’t want to come near you because they think you’re infectious. And they literally drop you to your room. And they leave you. They don’t come and say anything, they don’t check-up, they don’t do anything. You get delivered your meals once a day. And you are just left.”
Sayers asked if the people inside the camps could communicate with each other: “We can, but we’re only allowed to stay in our designated areas. Which is nothing, maybe two metres. We have a deck that we’re allowed to go out, and maybe get a little bit of sunlight, but that is it. If you get caught off your decking without a mask on or anything, you get a $5,000 fine.”
The authorities caught Hayley off her deck, but she did not get the $5,000 fine. They gave her a warning.
Hayley sent UnHerd footage of the authorities disciplining her because she did not wear a mask when she put trash in the container. She said she has a medical condition that exempts her from wearing a mask.
The crew threatened her with a $5,000 fine if she crosses the yellow line without a mask.
At one point they offered Hayley some Valium to calm her down because the confinement made her distressed:
I said, “Can you just please let me out for a walk or a run? I’m in this little box and I can’t move. I’m anxious, I’m feeling not well, I need to get out.” And they said, “We’ve got a doctor calling you, and we’ll get some Valium prescribed to you, you can call us anytime you like, and you can have Valium.”
Sayers asked Hayley how it felt to have people in control of her every movement. I’m pretty sure you already know the answer:
Oh, it’s horrible. It’s a horrible feeling. You feel like you’re in prison. You feel like you’ve done something wrong, it’s inhumane what they’re doing. You are so small, they just overpower you. And you’re literally nothing. It’s like “you do what we say, or you’re in trouble, we’ll lock you up for longer.” Yeah, they were even threatening me that if I was to do this again, “we will extend your time in here.”
Hayley’s imprisonment cost her her job: “I was just working in a retail store. Obviously casual, you don’t get paid any sick leave or being away from your job. So I wasn’t getting paid or anything whilst I was being in there. They compensated me, I think, $1,500 for the two weeks. And that was all.”
The Australian press acts like camps are happy camps! You’re on vacation! Hayley disagrees: “You are literally trapped, in a box, on your decking, with fences all around you, cameras everywhere. It’s just astounding. You’re literally treated like a prisoner in there.”DONATE
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