A pregnant woman feared she was being 'kidnapped' when police stormed her home over an anti-lockdown Facebook post.
Zoe Buhler, 28, was handcuffed wearing pyjamas her lounge room in front of her children in Ballarat, northwest of Melbourne, on Wednesday afternoon.
She was charged with incitement after creating a Facebook protest event against Daniel Andrew's draconian lockdown in Victoria.
'I was scared I was being kidnapped by people, they obviously weren't in uniforms,' she told media waiting outside her Miner's Rest home on Thursday morning.
Zoe Buhler, 28, was handcuffed in her lounge room in front of her children on Wednesday afternoon and charged with incitement
'I was just so scared, I was like oh my gosh if I disappear today I want it live on Facebook.
'I'm only very early pregnancy so obviously you're told not to stress out or strain.'
Ms Buhler said she would fight the incitement charge but was 'still yet to know exactly what that means'.
'I just wanted to feel like I was doing something to stand up for human rights... I had a bit of a bimbo moment,' she said.
Ms Buhler's allegedly created a since-deleted 'Freedom Day Ballarat' event planned for 11am on Saturday on Sturt Street.
Her 'peaceful protest' even stressed that attendees follow restrictions like wearing masks and social distancing 'so we don't get arrested'.
'As some of you may have seen, the government has gone to extreme measures and are using scare tactics through the media to prevent the Melbourne protest,' the event page read.
'Here in Ballarat we can be a voice for those is Stage Four lockdowns. We can be seen and hopefully make a difference!
'End lockdowns! Stand for human rights! We live in a free country!'
Ms Buhler allegedly created this event for Saturday at 11am on Sturt Street in Ballarat
Ms Buhler's partner filmed the dramatic police arrest, which has since been widely as 'absolutely disgusting' and 'not okay'.
Former Queensland Premier Campbell Newman labelled Victoria Police the 'shame of the nation'.
'The Vic Police. Shame of the nation. Unwilling to deal with youth gangs,' he tweeted.
'Compromised totally over Lawyer X. Waved through BLM protests. Found a job they can do, enforce a tyrant's draconian laws against normal Australians who simply want to earn a living and get on with life.'
Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie said arresting Ms Buhler in front of her children was 'absolute overkill' by the police.
'To come in like that and put a woman that's pregnant in handcuffs that was [acting] peaceful, there was no need,' she told The Today Show.
'They could have just knocked on the door and said 'can you please come down to the police station to take a statement'.'
'It could have been done a whole lot more peacefully.'
Zoe Buhler, 28,(pictured) said she feared she was being kidnapped during the arrest on Wednesday
Mother-of-two Ms Buhler with her boyfriend James Timmins, who filmed her being arrested
Sunrise contributor and columnist Rita Panahi also shared her disgust at the officers' 'unnecessary' actions.
'FFS they've put in her handcuffs after she told them she's pregnant. Victoria Police also causing unnecessary distress to her small children...all over a bloody Facebook post about a proposed protest. A post she offered to remove,' she tweeted.
Host Karl Stefanovic said that while Ms Buhler shouldn't have been handcuffed in front of her children, Victoria Police were right to arrest her.
'Everyone's been doing the right thing, and this lady - irrespective of if she's pregnant or not - has broken the law,' he said.
'I don't think there should be any tolerance to it.'
The video, which has since made international headlines in US and UK media, shows the confused mother asking why she is being arrested.
'Excuse me, incitement for what, what on Earth? I'm in my pyjamas, my two kids are here,' she asked police.
'I have an ultrasound in an hour because I'm pregnant.'
The increasingly distressed mother insisted she wasn't breaking any laws by creating and then promoting the event.
'Actually you are, that's why we're arresting you in relation to incitement,' police replied.
Ms Buhler's alleged offending post linked to a since-deleted 'Freedom Day Ballarat' event she created
Ms Buhler offered to delete the post but was told she had already committed an offence
Ms Buhler offered to delete the post as her boyfriend James Timmins tried to mediate while cradling their infant child in his arms.
'How about she just doesn't do the event? It's not like she's done it, she made a post,' he said.
Police were unmoved, telling her: 'You've already committed the offence.'sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more
Ms Buhler was distressed by this point and