ARREST IN VICTORIA,
2 September, 2020
A pregnant woman has been arrested in her own home over a Facebook post allegedly inciting anti-lockdown protest in Victoria.
Zoe Lee Buhler, 28, was handcuffed in her lounge room in front of her children and partner on Wednesday afternoon and charged with incitement.
Several officers entered the house in Miners Rest, Ballarat, northwest of Melbourne, with a search warrant and began reading the young mother her rights.
‘Excuse me, incitement for what, what on Earth? I’m in my pyjamas, my two kids are here,’ she said, clearly confused.
‘I have an ultrasound in an hour because I’m pregnant.’
Ms Buhler’s alleged offending post linked to a since-deleted ‘Freedom Day Ballarat’ event she created for 11am on Saturday on Sturt Street.
‘Anyone from Ballarat please join us in our fight for freedom and human rights!’ she wrote on Sunday with a link to the event page.
The increasingly distressed mother insisted she wasn’t breaking any laws by creating and then promoting the event.
‘Actually you are, that’s why we’re arresting you in relation to incitement,’ police replied.
Ms Buhler offered to delete the post as her boyfriend James Timmins tried to mediate while cradling their infant child in his arms.
‘How about she just doesn’t do the event? It’s not like she’s done it, she made a post,’ he said.
Police were unmoved, telling her: ‘You’ve already committed the offence.’
Ms Buhler was distressed by this point and crying so much she could barely tell officers that she ‘didn’t realise’ she was ‘doing anything wrong’ in making the online event.
Police said they would seize all electronic devices in the house including those belonging to Mr Timmins and Ms Buhler’s sister.
Ms Buhler was later charged with incitement and released on bail to face Ballarat Magistrates Court on January 25 next year.
Her friends and family were horrified when they learned of the arrest via a Facebook post.
‘This is absolutely disgusting!! Why don’t they do their job and catch some real criminals. This fear mongering is ridiculous,’ one friend said.
‘This cannot be legal,’ another added.
Ms Buhler allegedly created this event for Saturday at 11am on Sturt Street in Ballarat
Victoria Police told Daily Mail Australia anybody thinking of ‘attending the protest… can expect a swift and firm response from police.’
‘We will have no hesitation in issuing $1,652 fines to anyone who is breaching the restrictions on the day, or making arrests if necessary.’
Regional Victorian towns like Ballarat are spared the ultra-tough Stage Four lockdown but are still in Stage Three, making it illegal for more than two people to gather.
Police consider any protests to be in breach of these rules and have proved willing to arrest anyone organising or encouraging any gatherings.
Victoria Police claimed the protest would put lives at risk and anyone who showed up would be fined or arrested.
Radio king-turned Sky News pundit Alan Jones was so enraged by seeing the video of Ms Buhler’s arrest that he called on Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to resign.
‘Thankfully I am not the only Australian who thinks this is appalling, disgusting and disgraceful,’ he wrote in a rant to his Facebook page after Daily Mail Australia published the video.
‘The only person guilty of incitement is the Premier of Victoria.
‘His outlandish grab for power, his disdain of any accountability is forcing people to behaviour simply designed to take back their freedom.’
His outlandish grab for power, his disdain of any accountability is forcing people to behaviour simply designed to take back their freedom.
This woman is a victim of the appalling and unlimited powers given to the Victorian police.
Everyone knew it would come to this. You can only push people so far.
Wherein lies the violence in what you see here? The violence towards a pregnant mother is the like of which no Australian will tolerate.
Go Daniel Andrews and go now before more damage is done.
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