Police target anti-vax protesters over COVID jab rollout fears
Police are drawing up a hit list of anti-vaccination protesters amid fears that vaccination hubs and storage facilities could be targeted.
Senior figures in government and law enforcement hold serious concerns that militant protesters could disrupt the rollout of the vaccine.
With protesters again out in force on Saturday, the Sunday Herald Sun can reveal that a specialist team of detectives has been set up by the Australian Federal Police to crack down on anti-vaxxers.
Investigators from Taskforce Lotus are on standby to be deployed in the event of a major security breach involving the vaccine.
A 24/7 team, the Joint Intelligence Group, has also been established by the Department of Home Affairs to centralise all information regarding the anti-vaccination movement and vaccine security.
The group is made up of agencies including the AFP, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, Australian Border Force and state police forces.
It can also be revealed that specific information about where vaccines are stored in hubs is being kept secret over security concerns.
The Sunday Herald Sun has been told that authorities are particularly concerned about an attack on a vaccine storage facility by the anti-vaccination movement.
Another concern for police is fraud activity related to vaccine certificates.
“Everybody is concerned about this … we don’t want them destroying vials (of vaccine)”
a law enforcement source said.
In a submission to a federal inquiry into extremist movements and radicalism in Australia last week, the AFP warned of the increasing risk of violence from the anti-vaccination movement.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated a range of anti-government, anti-vaccination and pro-conspiracy narratives raising public awareness of different issue motivated groups”
“The AFP will become involved where such groups support or seek to use violence. Law enforcement experiences in 2020 identified an emerging trend of online extremists exploiting the increased public fear, isolation, unemployment, family stress and financial hardship associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Victoria Police also flagged fears about the anti-vaccination movement in its submission to the same inquiry.
Anti-vaxxers descended on federal Health Minister Greg Hunt’s office on the Mornington Peninsula on Saturday to rally against the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.
A heavy police presence greeted about 200 people who gathered in Somerville to claim the vaccine was not safe and “freedom of choice has been taken away”. They also chanted “we are coming”.
Perhaps they should go full Biden regime and just install barbed wire and fences and soldiers out the front of these facilities and be done with it.
This is all just diabolical madness and part of an attempt to criminalise the holding of the wrong kind of opinions. None of these anti-vax people is going to attack anything, they are a small bunch of noisy people with a fair few oddballs among them but in this case being wary of taking an experimental new type of vaccine is just plain common sense.
Even this guy has his reservations:
"I Share Some Caution on this [Vaccine] Because We Just Don't Know the Long-Term Side Effects of Basically Modifying People's DNA and RNA"
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) February 17, 2021
You need to think about why the authorities are so desperate for people to get vaccinated for something that is largely harmless for most people.