“Authority” isn’t really the first word that comes to mind when you think of Australia. But Australia’s current government appears to be on its way towards some kind of oppressive tyranny as it enforces severe COVID restrictions on its population.
Australia is being quite strict with its COVID-19 regulations, some of which are said to include barricading people into quarantine camps. Earlier this week, BBC reported that three people had escaped from Howard Springs, a major quarantine facility in Australia’s Northern Territory.
The three literally escaped fence extension to get out of the facility, according to police, but law enforcement later tracked down and arrested them. They all tested negative for COVID the day before.
Following the shocking report, some locals and those with knowledge of the camps are speaking out about how restrictive and extreme the situation is.
26-year-old Haley Hodgson and her account of what it’s like inside one of the Isolation The camp has received a lot of attention on social networks.
She first posted a video from inside the camp to Twitter, showing workers telling her the rules of the facility and warning her not to leave her balcony.
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Facility workers were videotaped saying how she felt about camp policies didn’t matter – it was the law.
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“When it doesn’t make sense or doesn’t seem right to you, that’s the line, and that’s the law, and that’s the way it is,” quarantine camp officials said in a video posted on Twitter. quarantine camp officials said in a video posted on Twitter.
Hodgson spoke to the online magazine UnHerd to come up with a look inside How does it feel to be forced to go to one of the quarantine camps, even though she says she doesn’t have the virus.
After one of Hodgson’s friends tested positive for COVID, authorities apparently tracked her down as someone related to this person and showed up at her home. She said she had just returned from a camp similar to Howard Springs and didn’t want to go back.
Hodgson said they asked her if she had received a COVID test, and because she was terrified of going back to quarantine, she lied and said she did.
But they found her untested, so Hodgson said officials informed her someone would come in to do a COVID test. After no one showed up to check on her, Hodgson said two Police Officer blocked her driveway and told her she had to be quarantined.
“They said, ‘No, you’re being taken away. And you have no choice. You’re going to Howard Springs,” Hodgson said.
Hodgson said she later told officers, “I disagree with this. I don’t understand why I can’t self-isolate at home like so many others are doing.” Upon hearing this, the officers are said to have told her, “We have just been asked by our superiors where to take you. And that’s all there is.”
Hodgson told Australian authorities it didn’t matter if she tested negative the first, second or even third time – as she was in close contact with someone who had a confirmed case of COVID. , she has to quarantine for 14 days. . Hodgson said she was negative the entire time she was in quarantine.
She was brought in Isolation in a cabin in Howard Springs, which the BBC notes is an old mining camp that has been renovated for quarantine.
“They don’t want to come near you because they think you’re contagious. And they actually drop you back to your room. And they leave you. They don’t come and say anything, they don’t examine, they don’t do anything. You know, you get a meal delivery once a day. And you’re just left,” Hodgson said.
She is said to have been threatened with a fine once for leaving her cabin without a mask, and at another point Hodgson said they asked Valium to help her calm down.
“You feel like you are in prison. You feel like you’ve done something wrong, that’s what they’re doing inhumanely. You are so small, they just overwhelm you. And you really are nothing. It’s like, ‘You do what we say, or you get in trouble, we’ll lock you up longer’. Yes, they even threatened me that if I did it again, “We will prolong your stay here,” Hodgson said.
Extreme measures like these, if they are really taking place in Australia, are oppressive. Hodgson’s explanation of the camp makes the idea of people widening fences to escape in reality seem quite plausible. This kind of oppression will drive anyone crazy.
But even more concerning, is the precedent the Australian government is setting by enforcing these rules even when it “makes sense or doesn’t seem right to you”. This is the kind of thinking and justification that tyrants use to control people.
Just look at all the great autocracies in history, like Russia, Germany, and China, and you’ll see how they deftly used laws and orders to slowly wrest power from their people. .
As the French philosopher Charles de Montesquieu once wrote, “There is no tyranny more heinous than that practiced in the shadow of law and the snares of justice.”
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