‘How’s this not Nazi-like?’ Australian woman details ‘horrible’ quarantine experience

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Hayley Hodgson moved from Darwin to Melbourne in Australia to escape suppressive, never-ending COVID lockdowns only to allegedly wind up detained in a quarantine camp even though she did not have the virus.

According to Politifact, “Australia’s quarantine facilities are for travelers, not for isolating unvaccinated people.” But Hodgson claims that is exactly what happened to her. News of the unverified incident quickly spread on Twitter where a portion of UnHerd’s interview with her circulated.

Hodgson spent a 14-day “stay” at the Howard Springs COVID quarantine camp. It is a facility capable of holding 2,000 people that is outside Darwin where regional COVID cases are transported by the authorities. She told journalist Freddie Sayers of UnHerd about her experiences at the state-sanctioned camp.

“It’s horrible. It’s a horrible feeling. You feel like you’re in prison. You feel like you’ve done something wrong, it’s inhumane what they’re doing. You are so small, they just overpower you. And you’re literally nothing. It’s like ‘you do what we say, or you’re in trouble, we’ll lock you up for longer.’ Yeah, they were even threatening me that if I was to do this again, ‘we will extend your time in here,'” she recalled.

“You literally get put on the back of a golf buggy with your bags. And these people are in hazmat suits and everything. They don’t want to come near you because they think you’re infectious. And they literally drop you to your room. And they leave you. They don’t come and say anything, they don’t check-up, they don’t do anything. You get delivered your meals once a day. And you are just left,” Hodgson asserted.

Australian officials first confronted Hodgson after one of her friends tested positive for COVID. They tracked her down by running her scooter license plate. Investigators interrogated her and asked if she had been tested since she was a “close contact” of her infected friend. Hodgson lied and said she had already been tested.

“So then the police officers blocked my driveway,” she recounted. “I walked out and I said, ‘What’s going on, are you guys testing me for COVID? What’s happening?’ They said, ‘No, you’re getting taken away. And you have no choice. You’re going to Howard Springs. You either come with us now, and we’ll put you in the back of the divvy van. Or you can have a choice to get a COVID cab.’ … I just said, ‘I don’t consent to this. I don’t understand why I can’t just self-isolate at home, like a lot of other people are doing.’ And they just said, ‘We’ve just been told from higher up where to take you. And that’s all that there is.’”

She says that they told her she would be released if she tested negative so she went with them. But when she got to the camp, she was escorted by figures in hazmat suits to a room where she would be imprisoned for 14 days with meal deliveries occurring just once daily. She was reportedly tested three separate times during her stay and was kept in isolation.

Hodgson stated that when she attempted to leave her room to walk outside, she was threatened with a $5,000 AUD fine for not wearing a face covering. The facility also allegedly offered her drugs such as valium “to calm her down.”

“She has since lost her job at a store, which was on a casual basis. At no stage was she reminded of her rights or put in contact with a lawyer,” UnHerd reported.

This week, Australian police tracked down and recaptured three Aboriginal teens who attempted to flee the COVID camp by jumping the fence after testing negative for the virus.

No COVID deaths have occurred in the Northern Territory where the camp is based.

Here is the full video from the interview:

(Video Credit: UnHerd)

The report caused outrage to spiral on social media:

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