A woman was dramatically arrested at a police roadblock outside a gym where a group of coronavirus conspiracy theorists have been meeting.
Police smashed the woman's window and dragged her out of the car after she refused to speak to officers in Melbourne about 6.30pm on Saturday.
'Excuse me, this is unlawful,' she said as she was loaded into a paddy wagon, to which a policeman responded 'no, it's not'.
The police officer was praised after footage of his blunt response to the woman as she was arrested was shared online.
A woman was dramatically arrested at a police roadblock outside a gym where a group of coronavirus conspiracy theorists have been meeting
The roadblock was set up near Combat Athlete gym in Cranbourne, where a meeting of at least 50 covid-19 deniers was held a week earlier.
Whether the woman was headed to the gym or involved with the group is unclear, but police said she refused to give her details or drivers licence.
The group always refuse to cooperate at traffic stops as they don't recognise police authority, and even have a script they read from when arguing with officers.
Victorian Police said the woman was charged on summons with hindering police, refusing to state her name and address and refusing an alcohol and drug test.
She was also fined for breaching lockdown in that she was travelling outside her home without a valid reason, and released.
The roadblock was set up near Combat Athlete gym in Cranbourne, where a meeting of at least 50 covid-19 deniers was held a week earlier (pictured)
The meeting was organised by Nick Patterson, a former MMA fighter who owns the gym and hosted the previous meeting a week before.
Mr Patterson in a blog post in the early hours of Sunday morning claimed Saturday's meeting of 40 anti-maskers was online and police wasted their time.
'After just finishing an online meeting, we were made aware that the police and media had set a trap in order to show the public what happens when you dare to speak out,' he wrote.
'However, earlier in the week we had decided to move the meeting online due to the ever-increasing violence and extreme measures that the government and police have been putting in place.'