One of the organisers of Australia’s anti-lockdown movement has been charged with incitement.
Harrison McLean was one of hundreds of people arrested by Victorian police after a week of protests across Melbourne saw violent clashes between officers and demonstrators.
About 1am on Sunday, 25-year-old McLean wrote on social media that he had been arrested at his Bayswater home.
McLean told the 13,000 followers of his “freedom” group on social media that he had been charged with incitement. Victoria police have since confirmed that.
The Guardian understands the arrest was not in relation to last week’s protest but rather another rally on 18 September which saw hundreds of people clash with police in Melbourne.
“I have accepted bail conditions for release, which including [sic] following [the chief health officer’s] directions and refraining from promoting Freedom Events that contravene directions,” McLean wrote.
The Guardian reported in March that the Monash University graduate and former competitive cheerleader had been running one of the largest anti-lockdown groups under a pseudonym.