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Frankston anti-masker charged with police assault

An anti-masker who allegedly assaulted a police officer when asked to wear a face covering has been hit with a string of charges including assaulting police, affray and breaching lockdown.

The 58-year-old Frankston woman fronted court on Wednesday and was further remanded to appear on August 21 where it will be alleged she lashed out at a police officer after being asked to wear a face mask.

The woman allegedly attended a cafe on Beach St about 12.20pm on Tuesday and “was spoken to” by another woman at the cafe about not wearing a mask.

The incident then escalated and police were called where the woman allegedly refused to state her name before assaulting a police officer.

Victoria Police issued 184 fines in the past 24 hours, including two dozen for failing to wear a face mask.

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Anti-masker rants at police before arrest

Another anti-masker has filmed himself ranting at police before his arrest, calling the officers “evil” and trying to recite legislation at them.

Melbourne Man Nick Patterson filmed himself standing in front of officers at a train station in Melbourne. At the beginning of the video one the officers shakes his head disapprovingly at Mr Patterson.

“Are you authorised officers under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act?,” Mr Patterson asks the officers.

“It’s interesting, I was reading that Act before, Section 30, it talks about how by instrument you can be attached, ah you can be um, set apart, by instrument as an authorised officer, and it refers you to the Public Administration Act,” he says to the officers.

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Anti-masker meeting in Melbourne shut down by police

Victoria Police intervened to quash a planned gathering of anti-mask coronavirus conspiracy theorists at a gym in the Melbourne suburb Cranbourne on Saturday night.

A family member of one of the event’s organisers told The Age she contacted police to warn them it was happening.

“We were trying everything possible to get the meeting stopped,” she said.

“We’re all just trying to do the right thing.”

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Dozens of police showed up to surround the venue with roadblocks.

The Herald Sun reports officers smashed in the window of a young female driver’s car around 6:30pm after she refused to speak to them.

They briefly arrested the woman, before letting her go a short time later.

“Excuse me, this is unlawful,” she protested.

Channel 7 reporter Cameron Baud took video footage of the incident. There are also photos, taken by Suzan Delibasic.

The incident came a few hours after the Deputy Commissioner of Victoria Police, Rick Nugent, slammed “blatantly selfish” behaviour from some of the state’s residents.

“We are seeing too many individuals who are going about their lives as if this pandemic doesn’t exist,” Mr Nugent said.

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Multiple anti-mask protesters were arrested on Friday after gathering for a demonstration in Melbourne.

A video showed one man being apprehended by police at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, as he screamed “Australia, we’re gonna be free soon! Don’t worry, democracy wins! Democracy always wins!”

A police spokesperson told officers had attended and dispersed the group for failing to comply with the Chief Health Officer’s directives.

“Police will investigate the events of this morning’s demonstration and plan to issue fines to individuals who were identified,” Victoria Police said in a statement.

“We will also continue to investigate to identify other individuals who were in attendance, and we will consider enforcement options.

“There will continue to be a highly visible police presence in the area throughout the day to ensure the Chief Health Officer’s directions are complied with.”

At least three protesters were arrested and others were moved on by police as dramatic scenes unfolded at the Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance.

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