Shocking footage from Melbourne’s lockdown protests that shows police officers pushing an unarmed elderly woman to the floor and pepper-spraying her face has sparked outrage across the globe on social media platforms.
Multiple videos show a woman who is believed to be in her 70s being violently shoved to the ground by police. She also appears to hit her head on the concrete surface on impact.
Upon hitting the floor, another officer douses her face with pepper as the woman tries to shield her eyes.
“Victoria Police is aware of a video on social media showing an interaction between police and a protestor in Melbourne on Saturday.
“Police anticipated a highly volatile situation on the weekend and had strongly urged people to refrain from participating in protest activity. Despite warnings, an estimated 700 people protested in clear breach of the Chief Health Officer’s directions.
“The incident circulating on social media has been referred to Professional Standards Command and will be investigated.”
Tensions between Victorian police and protestors boiled over on multiple occasions across the weekend, as hundreds defied public health orders to protest against a range of issues relating to COVID-19 restrictions and vaccine mandates.
While this tactic did deter many, hundreds of protestors converged in Richmond where they encountered large numbers of police.
Video of the incident involving the elderly woman has divided viewers, some of which were appalled at heavy-handed police tactics. However, many felt that the treatment was justified for breaking public health orders.