Bizarre moment anti-lockdown protesters claim they are doing YOGA in the park when approached by police
Bizarre moment anti-lockdown protesters claim they are doing YOGA in the park when one of them is dragged away by the police – but the cops don’t feel like it
- Protesters gathered in a park pretending to do yoga so as not to get arrested
- After the man was dragged away, a woman was heard arguing with a police officer
- Officers said they arrested 17 people during the demonstration on Monday
A bizarre video captured the moment when an anti-lockdown protester pretending to do yoga in a park with a group of others was dragged away by police.
The wild footage on Monday showed a man without a mask, kneeling on the grass of New Farm park in Brisbane’s CBD, with police holding his arms behind his back.
“Leave my coat alone,” he told the officers before they led him away.
People in captive southeastern Queensland are only allowed to exercise outdoors with one other person amid some of the toughest restrictions the state has ever seen to curb the region’s growing number of Covid infections.
While the video is captioned ‘man arrested in Brisbane park for doing yoga’, a Queensland police spokesman told the Daily Mail Australia that the group used yoga as a strategy to avoid arrest at the demonstration.
Pictured: A man arrested Monday by police in Brisbane’s New Farm Park during a demonstration after claiming he only practiced yoga
“That was a strategy for the protesters – they pretended they were practicing and the police continued them,” the spokesman said.
Although the man was not wearing a face mask as he should have been, the spokesman said the police would have simply fined him if he did not protest.
After her boyfriend was towed away, a woman tried to argue with a nearby officer over whether he should enforce Covid-19 restrictions.
He assured her it was, before asking if the group were all from the same household.
“No,” she replied.
“Then you can’t do yoga together in the park – you can only date one other person who is not from your household,” the officer said.
In the photo: Police drag a man away after he was caught with a group of others at a protest
Seventeen people were arrested at the small demonstration, and police largely reprimanded those in attendance for “wasting resources.”
Protesters could be heard chanting “I decline your contract offer” before two men were taken in a police van.
Officers spoke to everyone in the park to find out why they were there and if they were within 6 miles of their home.
Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said: ‘It is very unfortunate that we have to be at a demonstration this morning while we are in lockdown.
“My message to those people who are tying up hundreds of police officers while they can do other things is go home, this is not the time to protest, put the interests of the community above your own views.”
The latest Covid outbreak of the Indian delta variant in the state continued to grow, with 16 new cases of community transmission on Tuesday.
There are long queues at a Metro South Health clinic in Brisbane’s Capalaba
Brisbane schools remain the focus of the latest outbreak, with one new case related to Indooroopilly State High School, two cases related to Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School and three new cases related to Ironside State High School.
Five new cases are family or relative contacts of already confirmed cases. Another was a neighbor of a known case.
The new cases bring the number of active cases linked to the current outbreak to 47.
At a news conference on Tuesday, health official Dr. Jeannette Young said it was “pleasant” that all the new cases were linked to the Indooroopilly State High School outbreak, but she still didn’t know how it was transmitted by two international arrivals.
She said the threshold for lifting the lockdown next Sunday at 4 p.m. would be the number of cases in quarantine.
“Sunday we want to see new cases that have emerged have spent their entire contagious period in quarantine.”
More than 3 million residents across 11 LGAs will be in a strict lockdown until Sunday.
Affected LGAs include the City of Brisbane, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Gold Coast City, City of Ipswich, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Logan City, Noosa Shire Council, Redland City, the Regional Council of Scenic Rim, Somerset Regional Council and Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Residents can leave their homes for four reasons: to exercise, to provide or provide care, to run essential errands, and for essential work or school
Residents can exercise together with one other person within a radius of 10 km from their home
Masks are mandatory in indoor locations and residents are not allowed to travel further than 10 km from their home
Funerals and weddings will be reduced to ten people and catering establishments will be restricted to takeaway only.
Non-essential businesses such as movie theaters, hairdressers, gyms and places of worship will all close.
The restrictions will apply to anyone who has entered any of the 11 LGAs from 1 a.m. on a Saturday, regardless of whether they have left the area since.
Masks are mandatory for both students and staff in secondary schools.
Visitors are not allowed at the residents’ homes.
Community and professional sports are not allowed.