Now this is civil disobedience! Ros Spence, Multicultural Affairs Minister in Victoria, encouraged Victorians “to find new ways to express faith”. Are there words to describe her and her anti-religious non-beliefs. I guess the police need to build up the revenue losses from their Red Light Cameras. The perfect way to build up respect for the law. From The Herald Sun today.
MAN FINED OVER SYNAGOGUE GATHERING
Police shut down a religious gathering after a prayer meeting failed to heed social distance warnings in Ripponlea today.
Officers slapped the male organiser with a $1652 fine after he was caught disobeying a warning given to him yesterday.
Sources said at least 10 people were found at the gathering and as many as thirty may have attended.
Photos taken by the Herald Sun show police officers in protective masks entering the property on Glen Eira Rd about 11am and speaking to men in ultra-Orthodox attire.
The crackdown comes as Melbourne’s Jewish community celebrated Passover this week.
Police indicated the gathering was not at a formal Synagogue but still flouted the COVID-19 rules which ban religious gatherings.
Witness Julie Cherry said police were at the synagogue all morning.
“There were heaps of them (police), out the front and also the back, maybe to stop anyone getting away,” she said.
Ms Cherry saw a Jewish man and about a dozen police on Glen Eira Rd.
“I could hear him saying something about a service.”
Officers took some time to take people out from the synagogue, but she was unable to say how many.
“They looked a bit sheepish but were calm,” she said.
A local business owner said the property had been busy throughout the lockdown period.
He said the police activity couldn’t be missed as they had all entry and exit points to the property which is above an IGA, blocked.
Multicultural Affairs Minister Ros Spence encouraged Victorians to be innovative and find new ways to express faith.
“I know that for many faith communities, this time of year is about coming together,” Ms Spence said.
“Unfortunately, this year must be different. We each need to stay home. And for the good of our community, we must.”