Police have made their first arrests as anti-lockdown protesters plan to meet outside Melbourne’s Luna Park and march through the streets of St Kilda.
A group of officers placed a man in handcuffs about 12.25pm on Saturday as they led him away from the Melbourne landmark.
A busload of police officers arrived at the popular theme park just before 12pm, with police now forming a line at the main entrance to Luna Park.
Camera IconOfficers placed a man in handcuffs y as they led him away from Luna Park. Olivia Jenkins Credit: Supplied
Protesters communicating inside encrypted message chats are warning each other about the police presence in St Kilda, as they planned ways to avoid arrests.
Saturday’s protest threat followed a series of riots throughout the week in Melbourne, with planned “freedom rallies” also scheduled to go ahead in Sydney.
Protesters vandalised the CFMEU headquarters in Melbourne on Monday, while some people hurled bottles, flares and rocks through the CBD streets on Tuesday before hijacking the West Gate Bridge.
Camera IconProtesters communicating inside encrypted message chats are warning each other about the police presence in St Kilda, as they figure out ways to avoid arrests. Credit: Supplied
They then marched again on Wednesday desecrating Melbourne’s shrine of remembrance.
But protests on Thursday and Friday fizzled as the number of people attending plummeted.
Organisers have vowed to stage marches daily until construction workers were allowed back on the job following Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews ordering the entire industry to shut down for at least two weeks.
Victoria Police have been contacted for comment.
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