Originally published by RT.com.
Hosts and guests at an engagement party in Australia’s Melbourne were fined more than $300,000 cumulatively, after police shut down the “illegal” gathering, insisting it ran afoul of the city’s ongoing Covid-19 lockdown.
Some 56 attendees at the party, held in the Melbourne suburb of Caulfield North earlier this month, were fined more than $5,400 each, a Victoria police spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday. All said and done, the engagement gathering racked up a $305,312 price tag for the penalties alone.
“Victoria Police is satisfied all guests have been accounted for and the investigation has now concluded,” the police representative said, while the department condemned the gathering as “a deliberate and blatant breach of the Chief Health Officer directions.”
With Melbourne now in its sixth lockdown since the Covid-19 pandemic kicked off in late 2019, residents remain barred from gathering at private homes, while weddings are entirely forbidden. Funerals, so long as no more than 10 people are involved, are allowed, though cannot be held in a private home.
In footage of the party that made the rounds online, one attendee is heard joking that the event is “clearly” legal, as “this is a group-therapy session,” drawing laughs from the room. Another guest also mentions that “the doctor’s here,” apparently referring to a different reveler.
More than 60 people who attended an engagement party, including up to nine who were COVID-positive, will be fined more than 350 thousand dollars collectively. | @JaydeCoticpic.twitter.com/XIaLi9lK1e
— 10 News First Melbourne (@10NewsFirstMelb) August 16, 2021
According to local media, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is now investigating whether any medical professionals were at the event. The body, which has the power to suspend medical licenses, vowed to “take action” against any doctors found to have breached the Covid restrictions.
“We are aware that Victoria Police have stated that they intend to take action with respect to individuals who attended the event. We will liaise with them in relation to any registered health practitioners who were present,” an AHPRA spokesman said.
At least 10 people who attended the party reportedly tested positive for the virus in the days since, triggering outrage from Victoria premier Daniel Andrews, who recently extended a statewide lockdown, now set to end on September 2.
“It shouldn’t have happened. Some of the commentary in the video is blatant,” he said, calling the party “selfish” and “absolutely outrageous.”
The only question is whether it will be a super-spreader event. It’s already a transmission event.
In the clip, which sparked outrage among supporters of lockdown measures, some of the male guests appear to be wearing kippahs – or traditional Jewish head coverings – also prompting online comments condemned as anti-Semitic by the state premier.
“The event that we spoke about at some length yesterday was not a function of being Jewish, it was a stupid function, it was an illegal function,” Andrews said, adding “Anti-Semitism is unacceptable and evil and we have a zero tolerance approach to that in our state.”
Under the extended lockdown rules, greater Melbourne residents will be subject to a 9pm-5am curfew every day, and are still required to remain at home, with only a few exceptions for “essential” work and travel, as well as limited outdoor exercise.
The party-goers are not the only ones to defy Melbourne’s lengthy lockdown in recent days, with chaotic protests erupting across the city last weekend over the ongoing Covid restrictions. Some of the demos, which spread beyond Melbourne, saw clashes with officers and hundreds of arrests made, soon after the city passed its 200th day under strict shutdown orders.
Despite the new round of protests, on Sunday Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison insisted that the country would continue to impose lockdowns until 70% of its 25.6 million citizens are fully vaccinated, saying “You can’t live with lockdowns forever and at some point, you need to make that gear change.”
To date, less than 25% of the country has been fully immunized, with just over 6 million vaccinated, suggesting Australia has a long way to go before officials will consider rescinding the restrictions.
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Anne Chivers says
Craig Kelly link wont go thru..Hmm! .one last try.
Rumble video under type print & photo of Advert.
this is the original post on binews.. try to post it separate from rumble .did not post.
Anne Chivers says
important links again. Craig Kelly speaks with Stew Peters.
2)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bD5-1Z1LXeU True Account of protest in Melbourne streets.
Anne Chivers says
Craig Kelly from Australia (Australian member of parliament ) speaks with Stew Peters in the first 15 mins of the show about the complete Tyranny here in Australia especially Melbourne & Sydney. Recent. plus Dr Jane Ruby speaks re FDA approval of Pfizer vax is ILLEGAL.
( Sydney & Melbourne are signed up to the George Soros Funded ‘Strong Cities” Program-found that out thru doing research myself back in 2020( another name is Resilient Cities for their nwo.)= Smart Cities.
Note Riot police are dressed in all black riot gear which is not the same as our Victorian police uniform here in Melbourne.(they are separate to our normal police force)
*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bD5-1Z1LXeU The Free Australia Protest
True Account and vivid scenes of what happened in Melbourne city Saturday 21st August 2021.
These Riot police are private – force, funded by George Soros himself.( Our own State Leaders have sold us out to the heavy handed nwo masters of control one of which is Dan Andrews supports the ideologies of Hillary Clinton & co here in the city of Melbourne..
This is nothing more than sanctioned extorsion. Pray for Australia. Their Draconian governmental tactics will be hitting other shores in due course.
Phil - Sydney says
We have to pray for Craig Kelly’s protection.
He could well be targeted. I won’t say more