Pregnant mother arrested for Facebook post ‘inciting protest against coronavirus’

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A pregnant woman has been arrested at her home for a Facebook post allegedly inciting an anti-lockout protest in Victoria.

Zoe Lee, 28, was handcuffed in her living room in front of her children on Wednesday afternoon and charged with incitement.

Several officers entered the home in Ballarat, northwest of Melbourne, with a search warrant and began to read the young mother her rights.

“Excuse me, prompting what, what the hell on Earth?” I’m in my pajamas, my two kids are here, ”she said with obvious confusion.

“I have an ultrasound in an hour because I’m pregnant.

Zoe Lee, 28, was handcuffed in her living room in front of her children on Wednesday afternoon and charged with incitement

Ms Lee’s alleged offensive post linked to a since-deleted ‘Freedom Day Ballarat’ event she created on Saturday at 11 a.m. on Sturt Street.

“Anyone from Ballarat, join us in our fight for freedom and human rights! she wrote on Sunday with a link to the event page.

The increasingly hysterical mother insisted that she wasn’t breaking any laws by creating and then promoting the event.

“In fact, you are, which is why we are arresting you for incitement,” the police replied.

Ms Lee offered to delete the post as her boyfriend James Timmins tried to play a role of mediator while cradling their baby in his arms.

“What if she doesn’t make the event?” It’s not like she did, she posted a message, ”he said.

The police were impassive and told him, “You have already committed the offense.

At this point, Ms. Lee was crying so much that she could barely protest “I didn’t know I was doing something wrong”.

Police said they would seize all electronic devices in the house, including those belonging to Mr Timmins and Ms Lee’s sister.

Ms Lee was charged with subsequent incitement to be released on bail to face Ballarat Magistrates’ Court on January 25 next year.

Ms Lee, mother of two, with boyfriend James Timmins, who filmed her arrest

Ms Lee, mother of two, with boyfriend James Timmins, who filmed her arrest

Ms Lee is said to have created this event on Saturday at 11 a.m. on Sturt Street in Ballarat

Ms Lee is said to have created this event on Saturday at 11 a.m. on Sturt Street in Ballarat

A regional Victorian town like Ballarat is spared the ultra-tough Fourth Stage lockdown, but is still in Stage Three, making it illegal for more than two people to come together.

Police consider any demonstration to violate these rules and have shown a willingness to arrest anyone organizing or promoting rallies.

Victoria Police said the protest would put lives at risk and anyone who did show up would be fined or arrested.

“Those still planning to attend the protest in Ballarat on Saturday can expect a swift and firm response from the police,” he said.

“We will not hesitate to issue fines of $ 1,652 to anyone who violates the restrictions during the day, or to make arrests if necessary. “

Alan Jones, now radio king turned Sky News expert, was so enraged upon seeing the video of Ms Lee’s arrest that he called on Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Jones to resign.

“Fortunately, I am not the only Australian who thinks this is appalling, disgusting and shameful,” he wrote in a rant on his Facebook page after Daily Mail Australia posted the video.

“The only person guilty of incitement is the Premier of Victoria.

“His extravagant seizure of power, his contempt for any responsibility forces people to adopt behaviors simply designed to take back their freedom. “

Ms Lee's alleged offensive post linked to 'Freedom Day Ballarat' event deleted since she created

Ms Lee’s alleged offensive post linked to ‘Freedom Day Ballarat’ event deleted since she premiered

Ms Lee offered to delete the post, but was told she had already committed an offense

Ms Lee offered to delete the post, but was told she had already committed an offense

Angry Alan Jones soutient Zoe Lee

Alan Jones, now radio king turned Sky News expert, was so enraged upon seeing the video of Ms Lee’s arrest that he called on Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Jones to resign.

He posted this rant on his Facebook page after seeing the video after Daily Mail Australia was the first to post it.

DANIEL ANDREWS SHOULD resign tonight

Fortunately, I am not the only Australian who thinks this is appalling, disgusting and shameful.

A pregnant woman, forced to tears, handcuffed in her pajamas, in front of her children, I believe it is in Ballarat, for “incitement”.

The only person guilty of incitement is the premier of Victoria.

His extravagant seizure of power, his disregard for any responsibility forces people to adopt behaviors simply designed to take back their freedom.

This woman is a victim of the appalling and limitless powers bestowed on the Victorian Police.

Everyone knew this would happen. You can only push people that far.

Where does the violence come from in what you see here? Violence against a pregnant mother is the same that no Australian will tolerate.

Go Daniel Andrews and go now before more damage is done.

Ms Lee’s event coincided with what coronavirus conspiracy theorists and general anti-lockdown activists have dubbed ‘Freedom Day’.

Similar events have erupted around Melbourne as anger grew over its draconian lockdown of the fourth leg which will not end until at least September 13.

Police vowed to call off the protests after the weekend protests in Dandenong and arrested several other organizers.

Three police officers even came to a woman’s door in southeast Melbourne and warned her of the possibility of incitement charges.

Hours earlier, she had posted posts on Facebook and Instagram encouraging Melburnians to get an hour of allowed exercise at the same time.

Ms. Lee’s “peaceful protest” even stressed that attendees respect restrictions such as wearing masks and social distancing “so as not to get arrested.”

“As some of you may have seen, the government has taken extreme measures and is using fear tactics through the media to prevent the Melbourne protest,” the event’s page read. .

Here at Ballarat, we can be a voice for these Stage Four lockdowns. We can be seen and we hope to make a difference!

“End lockdowns! Defend human rights! We live in a free country! ‘

Demonstration is held in Melbourne in a bid to meet strict Fourth Stage lockdown restrictions

Demonstration is held in Melbourne in a bid to meet strict Fourth Stage lockdown restrictions

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