The Facebook live video, which has been circulating online, shows James Bartolo saying he plans to attend the anti-lockdown protest on Saturday in Melbourne, Australia.
Watch as ex-soldier arrested: Bartolo, 27, from Melbourne, went live on Facebook at approximately 8:30 am local time. Then Victoria Police busted in his door down and arrested him.
The former army soldier, of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment survived tours of Iraq and Afghanistan. However, he could not escape the police’s clutches as he was detained for ‘incitement.’
A friend of mine in Victoria, Australia was just arrested 5 minutes ago 💤
James Bartolo 🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/bVDueBXroM
— Joel Jammal (@JoelJammal) September 3, 2020
When police arrived, Bartolo refused to open the door and the Victoria police battered the door down with tools.
Officers yelled at him to get on the ground and put his hands behind his back. They then grabbed and handcuffed him.
He was released on bail later on Friday to face court on May 25. All his computers and phones were confiscated as evidence by Police.
Bartolo runs the Conscious Truth Network group on Facebook. Which is a hub for a long list of conspiracy theories.
Planned ‘Freedom Day’ protests on Saturday are regularly discussed and promoted by Bartolo and his disciples on the group page.
Bartolo updated his fans after he was released. He urged them not to go to the protest on Saturday – but not because he didn’t support demonstrating.
‘Don’t go, it’s a trap. But don’t live in fear. I got arrested, they stole my shit, it’s a pain in the a**e but whatever, I’m fine,’ he said.
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