Arrested pregnant mum “Says its fear mongering” after her police arrest.
A pregnant woman who was arrested in her home over her alleged involvement in organising an anti-lockdown protest says she had no idea she was breaking the law.
Speaking to media outside her Ballarat home, Zoe-Lee Buhler said she wanted to feel like she was “doing something” and “standing up for human rights”.
“I’m just a passionate person. I’m sick of the lockdowns and I’m sick of hearing about suicides.
“I personally lost my job, and I’m just sick of watching the economy collapse.”
Authorities charged Ms Buhler for incitement over a rally against Victoria’s stage four lockdowns via a Facebook post.
She offered to delete the post while her husband appealed to officers not to arrest his wife.
The live stream, recorded by her husband, of her arrest went viral and was viewed more than two million times.
“I wanted to peaceful protest and I don’t want anyone going to jail or getting hurt,” Ms Buhler said.
“So I’m not going to sit here and encourage protesting. It’s sad though, I wish I could.”
When asked if she would still go and protest, she said she was too scared now.
“It’s fear-mongering,” she said.
The mother will face a Ballarat magistrates court next January.