Last Saturday, two thousand Victorians marched on Melbourne’s city centre to protest the harsh lockdown restrictions.
Unlike a previous Black Lives Matter rally during the pandemic, this time police responded with brute force.
I was violently arrested — watch what happened at StandWithAvi.com — but not before spending two hours speaking to the protesters, who don't fit the media's stereotypes of who attends these freedom rallies.
A man from a Turkish neighbourhood told me his community has turned on their left-wing representatives because of the lockdown.
“Is there a point of immigrants being able to come here, if they’re coming here to the same situation they fled from?” the Australian-Turkish man asked.
Another protester, originally from Ethiopia, asked, “Why should Black Lives Matter if this doesn’t matter?”
“At the end of the day, black lives won’t matter if we’re not out [free]," the protester added.