Bizarre moment anti-lockdown protestors claim they’re doing YOGA in the park when one of them is dragged away by cops – but the officers are having none of it
- Protesters gathered in a park and pretended to do yoga to avoid being arrested
- After the man was dragged off, a woman could be heard arguing with an officer
- Officers said they arrested 17 people at the demonstration on Monday
A bizarre video has captured the moment an anti-lockdown protester who pretended to be doing yoga in a park with a group of others was dragged away by cops.
In the wild footage, a maskless man could be seen kneeling on the grass of New Farm park in Brisbane’s CBD on Monday as police held his arms behind his back.
‘Leave my jacket alone,’ he told the officers before they carted him away.
People in locked-down south-east 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 growing number of Covid infections in the region.
While the video is captioned ‘man arrested in a park in Brisbane for doing yoga’, a spokesman for Queensland Police told Daily Mail Australia the group used yoga as a strategy to avoid arrest at the demonstration.
Pictured: A man being arrested by police at New Farm Park in Brisbane at a demonstration on Monday after he claimed he was only practising yoga
‘That was a strategy for the protesters – they pretended they were doing exercise and police were moving them on,’ the spokesman said.
Even though the man wasn’t wearing a face mask like he should have been, the spokesman said cops would have simply given him a fine if he wasn’t protesting.
After her friend was dragged off, a woman tried to argue with a nearby officer about whether he was allowed to enforce Covid-19 restrictions.
He assured her that he was, before asking if the group were all from the same household.
‘No,’ she replied.
‘Then you can’t be sitting together in the park doing yoga – you can only be out with one other person who is not from your household,’ the officer said.
Pictured: Police drag a man away after he was caught at a protest with a group of others
Seventeen people were arrested at the small demonstration, and police largely blasted attendees for ‘wasting resources’.
Protesters could be heard chanting ‘I decline your offer of contract’ before two men were taken into a police van.
Officers spoke with everyone at the park to find out why they were there, and whether they were within a 10km radius of their homes.
Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said: ‘It is quite regrettable we have to be out policing a protest this morning when we’re in lockdown.
‘My message to those people tying up hundreds of police when they can be out doing other things is go home, now is not the time to protest, put the interests of the community ahead of your own views.’
The state’s latest Covid outbreak of the Indian delta variant continued to grow, on Tuesday with 16 new cases of community transmission.
Long queues are seen at a Metro South Health clinic at Capalaba in Brisbane
Brisbane schools continue to be the focus of the latest outbreak, with one new case linked to Indooroopilly State High School, two cases linked to Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School and three new cases linked to Ironside State High School.
Five new cases are household or family contacts of already confirmed cases. Another was a neighbour of a known case.
The new cases bring the number of active cases linked to the current outbreak to 47.
At a press conference on Tuesday, chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said it was ‘pleasing’ that all new cases were linked to the Indooroopilly State High School outbreak but that she still did not know how it was transmitted from two international arrivals.
She said the threshold for lifting the lockdown next Sunday at 4pm would be the number of cases in quarantine.
‘On Sunday, we will want to have seen that any new cases that have been coming up have been in quarantine for their full infectious period.’
More than 3 million residents across 11 LGAs will be in a strict lockdown until Sunday.
The LGas affected include the City of Brisbane, the Moreton Bay Regional Council, the City of Gold Coast, the City of Ipswich, the Lockyer Valley Regional Council, the Logan City, the Noosa Shire Council, Redland City, the Scenic Rim Regional Council, the Somerset Regional Council and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Residents can leave their home for four reasons – exercise, to give or provide care, essential shopping and for essential work or school
Residents can exercise with one other person within 10km of their homes
Masks are mandatory at indoor venues and residents must not travel further than 10km from their homes
Funerals and weddings will be reduced to ten people and hospitality venues will be limited to takeaway only.
Non-essential businesses such as cinemas, hairdressers, gyms and places of worship will all close.
The restrictions apply to anybody who had been in any of the 11 LGAs from 1am on Saturday regardless or not if they’ve since left the area.
Masks will be required for both students and staff at high schools.
Visitors will not be allowed at resident’s homes.
Community and professional sport will not be permitted.
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