Clashes between protesters and police have been reported in Melbourne (Victoria) on Saturday, September 5. Demonstrators had gathered at Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance to protest against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions. The protest was reportedly well attended, with a matching heavy police presence. Dozens of arrests were made as scuffles broke out between protesters and police. The demonstration was part of the nationwide "Freedom Day" protest movement taking place in Australia on Saturday. Further clashes at protest sites throughout the day cannot be ruled out.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to announce his plan for the easing of COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday, September 6.
A heightened security presence is likely at protest sites. An associated disruption to transportation and business is to be expected.
Those in Melbourne and throughout Australia are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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