Above photo: State of Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews

Did the COVID-19 pandemic create tyranny in Melbourne, Australia?

August 08, 2020

Let’s begin first by defining what tyranny really is. According to Webster’s dictionary, tyranny is defined as “oppressive power exerted by government.”

And the word oppression is defined as an “unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power.”

It is important to understand the true meaning of these words in order to comprehend the current situation in Melbourne.

Located in the southeastern state of Victoria, the city has a population of 5 million people, making it the second most populous city in Australian, right behind Sydney with 5.2 million. 

Melbourne is also the capital city of the State of Victoria and (unofficially) of Australia. 

Strict Lockdown Orders, Curfews and Face Mask Mandates.   

Lockdown orders were first issued in mid-March and lasted for about two months before restrictions were relaxed to allow certain businesses to re-open.  

But as the number of COVID-19 cases increased in the following weeks, the State of Victoria ordered mandatory face masks effective July 23rd.

The new face mask mandate was strict: People over the age of 12 caught in public without a mask or face covering faced fines of up to $143, while employers who refused to enforce the  mandate faced a potential fine of more than $7,000.

Evidently, the strict mask rules and threats to fine people did little to help. By August 3rd, Victoria declared a “state of disaster” and imposed curfews across Melbourne and other parts of the state.

For example, Melbourne residents where not allowed to venture out of their homes for leisure from 8 pm to 5 am, although exceptions were granted to residents who needed to shop or exercise, but only within 5 kilometres of their homes and for no longer than one hour at a time.

In addition, residents across Victoria could be tested for COVID using on-the-spot tests that give results within 90 minutes.

To enforce these new laws, Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews gave police greater power. “If we don’t make these changes, we’re not going to get through this,” the Premier said. “We need to do more. That is what these decisions are about.”

Considering that slightly more than 200 people have reported died of coronavirus in Victoria, out of a total population of 6.36 million, many consider the extra measures to be overkill.

One must also recognize the fact that over 90 percent of the COVID fatalities where of people over the age of 60 and who had other underlying health conditions.   

With “Stage 4” of the coronavirus lockdown, tensions between police and residents began to escalate.

On August 04, a police woman was allegedly attacked by a woman after the officer questioned why she was not wearing a mask.

On August 06, a woman in Melbourne was physically restrained by three officers after they allegedly approached her for not wearing a mask.  The woman suffered major bruises on her body as a result of the altercation.

The woman’s daughter, who recorded the incident, was then threatened to be arrested if she did not provide identification.

“You are doing something wrong,” the officer told the daughter, “you are out in contravention of the COVID restrictions.”

As reported by 9News, police were also given full authority to knock on people’s homes to ensure that those who are infected are confined inside.  Of the 1,150 door knocks, 150 people were not home and are now at risk of being fined.

In an almost surreal press conference, Victoria police chief Shane Patton, revealed various COVID-19 enforcement operations on the public, such as the vehicle check points at random places for curfew violators.

Patton disclosed that police gave 161 infringements the previous night, including 60 to people who were not wearing a mask.

Ironically, as Patton was giving his statements to the press, he wasn’t wearing a mask either, even though an interpreter for the hearing impaired stood at close proximity to him, also without a mask.

Victoria police chief Shane Patton

Patton further raised eyebrows by describing the violent actions his officers took in response to residents who did not comply with what they see as unreasonable orders.

“On at least four occasions in the last week, we’ve had to smash the windows of cars and pull people out to provide details because they weren’t adhering to the Chief Health Officer’s guidelines, they weren’t providing their name and address,” Patton said.

What we are seeing unfolding in Australia is state surveillance, vehicle check points to enforce curfews, random police home visits, restrictions on people’s movements, police patrols to enforce a dress code, forced confinement of residents, threats to arrest citizens who do not identify themselves, and the use of violence against residents that do not play along.

In other words: Tyranny.

And with similar orders being enforced in the U.S., tyranny could reign some parts of America as well.

Yet one fundamental question people are not asking is this: 

If the best face masks did nothing to protect over 900 active healthcare workers from contracting COVID-19, what makes politicians think that the cheap masks and flimsy face coverings most residents are sporting are going to?