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Australia’s latest coronavirus restrictions and recommendations are so draconian that some critics say the country’s gone “full Nazi.”
Over in New South Wales, which has reportedly been experiencing 300 cases and two deaths on average per day, the province’s chief health officer recently urged locals to literally avoid human interaction, lest they prolong the pandemic.
“We all need to work together. We need to limit our movements. We need to consider whenever we leave our house that anyone with us and anyone we come into contact with can convey the virus. So whilst it is in human nature to engage in conversation with others, to be friendly, unfortunately, this is not the time to do that,” Dr. Kerry Chant said during a press briefing late last month.
“So even if you run into your next-door neighbor in the shopping center … don’t start up a conversation. Now is the time for minimizing your interactions with others. Even if you’ve got a mask, do not think that affords total protection. We want to be absolutely sure that as we go about our daily lives we do not come into contact with anyone else that would pose a risk,” she added.
The stunning recommendation led some to pointing out that Australia began as a prison colony.
This land started as a prison and will likely end as one unless the sheep wakes up.
— Sergi Yavorski (@SergiYavorski) August 11, 2021
Australia doesn’t have citizens; they have subjects.
— Dustan M. Howell (@DustanHowell) August 12, 2021
I gotta say, I never expected Australia to be the country that would take the lead in authoritarian rule. I think we’ve crossed into bizarro world.
— Kensi Wellington (@KensiWellington) August 11, 2021
Around the same time last month, New South Wales’ capital city, Sydney, effectively declared martial law by deploying hundreds of Australian Defence Force soldiers to conduct patrols to enforce the city’s lockdown policy.
“The lockdown – in place until at least 28 August – bars people from leaving their home except for essential exercise, shopping, caregiving and other reasons,” the BBC reported at the time.
“Despite five weeks of lockdown, infections in the nation’s largest city continue to spread. Officials recorded 170 new cases on Friday. Soldiers will join police in virus hotspots to ensure people are following the rules, which include a 10km (6.2 miles) travel limit,” the BBC added.
Sydney boasts a population of about 5.3 million, which is more than the population of Los Angeles, California. On Wednesday, LA reported 3,498 cases. But unlike Sydney, LA hasn’t brought in soldiers to enforce its own restrictions.
See the patrols in action below (*Language warning):
JUST IN – Australia sends in the ARMY to enforce it’s “Zero Covid” lockdown: Soldiers and police will patrol Sydney alongside helicopters with blaring sirens telling people to disperse or they’ll get fined.pic.twitter.com/rO8dMPAaq1
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) July 31, 2021
Australia is setting up decontamination tents in people’s yards in Sydney. Extra police and the military are patrolling to ensure lockdown compliance.
Trying to work out when my home turned into North Korea…pic.twitter.com/lKgKzoxWkM
— Sydney Watson (@SydneyLWatson) August 8, 2021
According to a new Reuters report from Thursday, the New South Wales government is considering sending in even more soldiers “to ensure compliance with lockdown rules.”
“Some 580 unarmed army personnel are already helping police enforce home-quarantine orders on affected households in the worst-affected suburbs of Sydney, Australia’s most populous city,” Reuters added.
Meanwhile, according to the BBC, the Australian capital of Canberra entered into a one-week “snap” lockdown on Thursday because a single case — just one — of the coronavirus was reported.
“The lockdown was called for the whole of the Australian Capital Territory – home to around 400,000 people – because authorities do not know how the infected person caught the virus. Residents will only be able to leave home for essential reasons,” the BBC reported.
Note how the BBC referenced “the infected person” and not the infected people. That’s because, as stated earlier, the city has recorded a single case.
Australian capital Canberra goes into snap lockdown after finding one Covid case. ONE.
Stark staring mad. https://t.co/A8rDaSZ3ld
— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) August 12, 2021
Reporters have also emerged of Australians being arrested for not showing their papers.
— Chrissy 🌸 🌸🇬🇧 🇺🇸 (@Chrissy_2697) August 12, 2021
While it may seem impossible that such illiberal policies would ever make their way to the United States, some say it’s certainly possible — especially with the controlling party, the Democrats, becoming increasingly more authoritarian.
First #Australia confiscated all its citizens’ weapons, and now they release the military on their population and impose martial law… Wakeup Americans, the #SecondAmendment is the only thing that separates us from this type of #Fascism…#covidsydney #Orwellian https://t.co/3ezoxClqiV
— Dr Will P: US Expat based in Hong Kong (@drwill_SuttonPl) August 12, 2021
Australia is an Orwellian police state. The rest of the west will surely follow. https://t.co/WWMJXGLBDb
— Punished 1911 Respecter (@1911Respecter) August 11, 2021
As for Australia, the growing consensus is that it’s gone, quote, “full Nazi.”
Australia have gone full on Nazi state!
— Violet Marianne (@BlightyUK) August 6, 2021
Australia is moving into full NAZI State today.
— Pantaleão (@tiagopantaleao) August 11, 2021
Australia full on nazi state. pic.twitter.com/s0WC60o3Qh
— Jen (@Jen70717630) August 11, 2021
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