Dozens of arrests have been reported amid a heated anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne, Australia, where hundreds gathered to demand an end to Covid-19 measures, meeting a heavy police presence and at times clashing with officers.

A sizable crowd descended on Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance on Saturday morning for the ‘Freedom Day’ rally, calling on state authorities to rescind Victoria’s stage four coronavirus restrictions, which include a nightly curfew. 

Massive scuffle has just broken out. Things are getting ugly

A local reporter on the scene reported at least 20 arrests that she’d witnessed first hand, sharing footage of black-clad officers as they clashed with demonstrators.

BREAKING: Protesters have begun clashing with police

Starting their rally at the Shrine of Remembrance, a memorial for veterans of World War I in central Melbourne, the protesters were soon pushed away by riot police, who were seen gathered in large numbers around the area.

Public order police pushing protestors back

@VictoriaPolice not messing around today

The demonstrators have since abandoned the Shrine and were seen flocking to another location, according to a local reporter, though their current destination is unclear.

They’re on the move. Unsure to where. Crowd size continuing to grow.

Anti-lockdown have now taken over Albert Park lake. Can’t see any police yet