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Arrests Made At Anti-Lockdown Protest In Melbourne

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 05 September 2020

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A protester is arrested by Victorian Police Officers outside of the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. Source: AAP

Up to 300 people in attendance.

Political, Security // BLUF: As many as 300 people turned out at the Shrine of Remembrance in the Australian city of Melbourne to protest the current State lockdown.

At least 20 arrests were made during the demonstration.

Police were reportedly on standby across the State of Victoria for planned anti-lockdown/anti-government protests.

The protests follow the arrest of a pregnant woman in front of her children for 'incitement' over a post regarding a protest in the town of Ballarat, that saw global news coverage; as well as both support and condemnation of the arrest around the world.

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The Daily Quick-Look for 05 September 2020

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look is your at-a-glance look at several key events and situations around the world over the last 24 hours. Each headline contains the link to its source report.

BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.

FYSA = For Your Situational Awareness.

1. UNITED STATES, CHINA, INDIA - Security, Political: U.S. happy to help in China-India border dispute, Trump says

FYSA: The United States is ready to help resolve the dispute between India and China over the mountain border running through the western Himalayas, President Donald Trump said on Friday. Trump told reporters the situation was “very nasty,” adding that the two countries were “going at it much more strongly than a lot of people even understand.” Both sides deployed additional forces along the frontier after a clash in June, during which 20 Indian soldiers were killed in hand-to-hand fighting. The defence ministers of India and China held talks in Moscow on Friday, the highest level face-to-face political contact since tensions flared along the disputed mountain border in May. In the meeting, Chinese defense minister Wei Fenghe told his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh that New Delhi bears full responsibility for the current border tensions, according to China’s state-backed Global Times newspaper. India’s defence ministry tweeted that the meeting lasted for 2 hours and 20 minutes, without giving out further details. A U.S. government source told Reuters in Washington the U.S. assessment is that neither China nor India are interested in pushing the dispute to the point that they would engage in war. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

2. UNITED KINGDOM - Economic, Political: Britain names former Australian PM Abbott as trade adviser

FYSA: Britain named former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott as a trade adviser on Friday, rejecting criticism that his conservative views on gender, same sex marriage and climate change made him unfit to represent the United Kingdom. Some British lawmakers, including the leader of the opposition Keir Starmer, Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon and a member of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s own party, Caroline Nokes, have said Abbott was not suitable for the job. The 62-year-old, who led Australia from 2013-2015, supported Britain’s exit from the European Union. He joins Daniel Hannan, another Brexit supporter and former member of the European Parliament, in becoming advisers to Britain’s Board of Trade. “The new Board of Trade will play an important role in helping Britain make the case for free and fair trade across the UK and around the world,” Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss, said in a statement. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

3. AUSTRALIA - Political, Security: Multiple arrests as hundreds of people protest Victoria's coronavirus lockdown

FYSA: Around 20 unmasked protesters have been arrested by police during anti-lockdown protests in Melbourne. Officers were punched by one man at the city's Shrine of Remembrance on Saturday, up to 300 people had gathered to protest Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Melbourne's coronavirus restrictions, which include mandatory face masks and a nightly curfew. He was one of more than 20 people arrested at the scene, an AAP photographer said. Police on horses pushed the demonstrators towards the shrine's steps, before protesters dispersed. Some of the protesters carried signs with anti-government sentiments and at one stage sung the Australian national anthem. One protester said any fines imposed against him would "unlawful" as police officers arrested him. Police were on standby on Saturday for a number of protest rallies across Victoria, following the arrest of five people in connection to the planned events. A police spokesperson said four men had been arrested in relation to the Freedom Day rally following the well-publicised arrest of a pregnant Ballarat woman over allegations of a separate rally also planned for Saturday. The woman posted a video the arrest, featuring herself in handcuffs, to social media on Wednesday. "The tinfoil hat-wearing brigade are alive and well in our community," Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius said a week earlier, warning Victorians against attending the protests. (SBS. See link in heading for further reading)

4. NEW ZEALAND - Security (Health): Former Cook Islands PM dies in Auckland from Covid

FYSA: The former Cook Islands Prime Minister and prominent doctor, Joe Williams, has died in Auckland after contracting Covid-19. The 82 year old had been admitted to hospital on 13 August and passed away last night. Dr Williams' death is the second this week associated to the latest Auckland outbreak of the coronavirus. In a statement, the Ministry of Health said Dr Williams' death brings the total number of people who have died from the coronavirus in New Zealand to 24. The Pasifika Medical Association announced his passing, saying he was a well-respected and much loved man. Dr Williams spent 25 years in the Cook Islands and served as a Cabinet Minister between 1974 and 1978 and again between 1994 1996 before becoming Prime Minister in 1999. Current Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna said Dr Williams' passing had caused him great sadness. (RNZ. See link in heading for further reading)

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