Police have arrested at least three anti-lockdown protesters after swarming the streets of Melbourne in a bid to shut down a 'Freedom Walk' rally.
Officers on horseback and in riot gear were seen sprawled across the city in preparation for protest that was due to kick off at 11am on Saturday in the city's Tan walking track.
At least six demonstrators have already been taken away in handcuffs as police attempt to avoid a repeat of last week's protest that saw violent clashes leading to 17 arrests.
One man was arrested on Saturday after holding an anti-lockdown sign and calling out to police outside the Shrine of Remembrance.
The man told News Corp he wasn't a conspiracy theorist but was anti-government and nodded when asked if it was 'worth the fine'.
A mask-wearing protester has already been arrested as police prepare for an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne on Saturday
Police are seen taking away the man who said he wasn't a conspiracy theorist but was anti-government and anti-lockdown
Another mask-wearer was seen being spoken to by an officer while holding a sign that read: 'I am just exercising...my human rights'
Police have closed in on the Shrine of Remembrance as they prepare for the 'Freedom Walk' that was due to kick off at 11am in Melbourne
Police detain a woman without a mask in Melbourne on Saturday. The 'Freedom Walk' was due to start at 11am as Melburnians vowed to walk for their 'freedom'
Police have set up a checkpoint near the Shrine of Remembrance as they try to shut down the planned protest on Saturday
Police have now moved in to the Shrine and surrounding areas and have set up checkpoints.
Helicopters will also patrol the Tan track as officers block main roads to stop protesters.
Another mask-wearer was seen being spoken to by an officer while holding a sign that read: 'I am just exercising...my human rights'.
One elderly woman had her details taken by police after she held up a sign with the message: 'open our churches'.
The 'Freedom Walk' is believed to be the doing of sacked Clive Palmer political candidate and conspiracy theorist Tony Pecora, 43.
Mr Pecora was arrested by police after allegedly planning the event and charged with two counts of incitement.
One woman was dramatically restrained on the ground by multiple officers at the Observatory Gate, the Herald Sun reported.
A 'Freedom Walk' planned for Saturday was allegedly organised by sacked Clive Palmer political candidate Tony Pecora (pictured)
Another man is detained by police at the Freedom Walk protest in Melbourne on Saturday
Two Victorian police officers lead another demonstrator away from the protest on Saturday
A woman is placed in handcuffs on Saturday as police attempt to shut down an anti-lockdown protest thousands had vowed to attend
A line of police officers is seen outside the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne on Saturday morning. Thousands had vowed to attend the protest
Police direct a man to move away during the Freedom Walk rally in Melbourne on Saturday morning
Victorian police officers swarm the streets of Melbourne on Saturday. Some officers were on horseback or in riot gearsonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon