Use of incitement charges in Victoria for protesting raises concerns

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Protesting has been met with intense scrutiny during the COVID-19 pandemic, with opinons ranging from one end of the spectrum to another in how to balance freedom of expression with public safety.

Over the past few weeks, several people in Victoria have been charged with incitement in relation to ‘anti-lockdown’ protests, which has raised concerns over criminalising protesting.

Prior to this year, incitement charges were generally only linked to serious crimes and not protesting.

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