A Melbourne grandmother is relieved her ordeal is finally over after Rebel News helped her have her unlawful fines thrown out of court.
In late 2020, Anastasia and her daughter were caught up in confronting scenes as police violently enforced Chief Health Officer (CHO) Brett Sutton's orders on the streets of Melbourne.
"They held us against our will," she said.
"My daughter and I went there, met up, had breakfast. I wasn't out of my ... 10km, I think it was at the time, restriction. So I was within my right to be there.
"There was so many police that turned up and they rounded us up for almost two hours.
"They took us down a little bit further towards Parliament House where there was a group of police that had set up tables to take everybody's details.
"I don't see why it's illegal to protest, we do live in a democratic country but it seems like that is going out the window."
Anastasia and her daughter were fined $1652 each for allegedly attending a mass gathering in breach of the CHO directions.
"I don't like doing anything illegal and this really affected me because I'm thinking 'I'm a law-abiding citizen, I've never broken any rules'," she said.
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"It was very disturbing and very upsetting for lots of us to be there," she said.
"Especially when I witnessed people being physically abused and elderly people being held against their will, needing to go to the bathroom and so on.
"We couldn't understand why we were put in this position in the first place."
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