Anti-masker confronts cops after fine

 

Another Melbourne woman has filmed herself on an anti-mask crusade, confronting the police officers who attempted to fine her for the public health breach.

Chantal Watergate was taken into police custody for questioning last week after she refused to provide officers with her name and address when they saw her not wearing a mask in public.

Victorians living in the state's locked down regions have faced fines of $200 since July 23 if they refuse to wear a mask.

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Chantal Watergate demanded police remove their name from their records. Picture: Facebook
Chantal Watergate demanded police remove their name from their records. Picture: Facebook

 

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Taking to Facebook to livestream her visit to Dandenong Police Station, in Melbourne's southeast, Ms Watergate said she was handcuffed and taken into a holding cell on Friday while police searched her bag for identification.

"They took my identification without my consent, so I am about to serve them some paperwork," Ms Watergate said.

"I'm hoping to just get my name off their records, that's the outcome I want today. I'm not interested in suing at this stage but maybe we can look at that later."

Ms Watergate was joined by "pandemic" lawyer Peter Little, who wore a balaclava to the police station.

"I'm serving them with a statutory declaration on my chronological order of the events of the 45 minutes of where it all took place, followed up by a notice of prohibition," she said.

Ms Watergate claimed she was exempt from wearing a mask because she had bad asthma but her paperwork didn't state that explicitly.

"I have a black mould issue in my apartment and to get out of my lease I needed to go get a certificate from my GP to say that I have asthma," she told Facebook.

"I had that documentation in my phone and it was not accepted because on the certificate it did not state that it was going to affect my ability to wear a mask."

Ms Watergate and her lawyer Peter Little. Picture: Facebook
Ms Watergate and her lawyer Peter Little. Picture: Facebook

Her paperwork wasn't accepted by the officers and she was instead taken in for questioning.

"He has no right to dictate what my medical condition is and what it allows me to do,' she said.

Mr Little took over the livestream as Ms Watergate confronted the police officers.

'There was a couple of things that happened that I wasn't very happy with, one being that I was detained under no law. I was detained because I did not provide my personal details," she said.

"I want to hand that over and make sure that my name is removed from your records."

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews earlier slammed anyone trying to dodge the public health directives around wearing masks and pushing coronavirus theories.

"People can judge for themselves the efficacy, the credibility of people who are running those sort of keyboard warrior campaigns," Mr Andrews said.

"Seriously, one more comment about human rights. It is about human life."

Originally published as Anti-masker confronts cops after fine



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