Lockdowns due to the pandemic have been imposed worldwide, but in some areas they are particularly stringent.
One example would be the Australian province of Victoria, where its Premier Daniel Andrews has decided to rule with an iron fist. As a result, Melbourne (the capital of Victoria) has practically come to a standstill. The only places open are supermarkets, gas stations, and drugstores. A curfew was imposed in that city on July 9, and won’t be lifted until October 26 (provided that the coronavirus has been nearly eliminated). Meanwhile, Melbourne’s citizens have been in lockdown for over a hundred days, and non-essential workers are only allowed to be outside for two hours per day. The number of people in Melbourne receiving unemployment benefits has risen to 7.2. percent. Soldiers go to the houses of those infected with the virus to make sure they are in isolation. Cyclists are stopped by the police who then ask for identification to ensure that they don’t go any further than five kilometers (3.1 miles) from their homes.
In addition to such measures (which Andrews says is necessary to prevent the spread of the virus), public demonstrations against the lockdowns have been prohibited. Ballarat (another city in Victoria) was the scene of a pregnant woman in pajamas being arrested in front of her husband and child for attempting to organize an anti-lockdown protest via Facebook. Meanwhile, another protest (set to take place in Melbourne) was broken up by police, resulting in 74 arrests and nearly $200,000 in fines being issued. And here is what Daniel Andrews had to say about the situation:
“Protesting is stupid, protesting is selfish, and protesting is dangerous.”
An owner of a restaurant replied by asking “are we in the hands of a madman?”
Actually, they are in the hands of a power-hungry jerk.
It is obvious the police are more than willing to carry out his tyrannical measures, especially since they have dragged people from their vehicles for apparently disobeying lockdown measures and putting face masks on those whom have been arrested.
Victoria seems to be an extreme case in regards to lockdown measures. But other places in the world could also be taking things to the extreme. In Ireland, authorities have contemplated a proposal authorizing the police to break into people’s homes in order to find out how many visitors are at each house, while in Britain, authorities are toying with the notion of not allowing people to visit their relatives in person for Christmas.
Hence it has become 1984 for some parts of the world.