On 15 September 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Melbourne issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “The U.S. Consulate General has received reports of a planned protest scheduled in the Central Business District (CBD) of Melbourne for Saturday, September 18, 2021. The protest is expected to begin at approximately 12:00 p.m., and progress from Flagstaff Gardens to Spring Street.

“The protest is reportedly in opposition to the continuing lockdown. Previous protests included several thousand people and occasionally turned violent, resulting in injuries and police action. A robust police presence is expected throughout Melbourne to prevent the intended protestors from gathering as a group. Therefore, it is likely that enforcement of the 5km rule and Victoria’s “Five Reasons for Leaving Home” will occur throughout the city. For more information, please see https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus. “