Hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters chanting 'freedom' face off with police in ...

Hundreds of demonstrators have swarmed Queen Victoria Markets for a second day of anti-lockdown protests in Melbourne.  

At least 100 police officers, including those from Public Order Response unit, have the group surrounded and several people have already been arrested.

The 'Freedom Walk' comes one day after 14 people were arrested on Saturday for breaking COVID-19 restrictions.

On Sunday, hundreds of people took to the streets again, chanting 'freedom' and demanding draconian lockdown restrictions be eased.  

Melbourne remains in a Stage Four lockdown, meaning residents cannot leave their houses without a valid reason, and restrictions are in place to limit movement more than 5km from a person's home.

At least 100 police officers, including those from Public Order Response unit, have the group surrounded and several people have already been arrested

At least 100 police officers, including those from Public Order Response unit, have the group surrounded and several people have already been arrested

Tensions between police and protesters escalated about 11.45am on Sunday when about 50 people were cornered by police on Peel Street

Tensions between police and protesters escalated about 11.45am on Sunday when about 50 people were cornered by police on Peel Street

A demonstrator is taken away by police in handcuffs on Sunday

A demonstrator is taken away by police in handcuffs on Sunday

A demonstrator is taken away from the illegal rally by police in handcuffs on Sunday 

On Sunday, hundreds of people took to the streets again, chanting 'freedom' and demanding draconian lockdown restrictions be eased

On Sunday, hundreds of people took to the streets again, chanting 'freedom' and demanding draconian lockdown restrictions be eased

The restrictions remain in place, and both a State of Emergency and State of Disaster, have been extended a further four weeks despite the embattled state only recording 41 new cases and seven deaths on Sunday.   

The latest figures released on Sunday morning take the state's death toll to 723 and the national count to 810 since the start of the pandemic in late January. 

Leading up to the demonstration, organisers allegedly used encrypted phone apps to communicate, in an attempt to avoid police finding out the location of the planned rally, Herald Sun reported. 

In messages sent to participants, organisers encouraged people to 'be agile, like water' and stick together throughout the course of the day.

 'Be ready to swarm the location to assemble. Once we have assembled, we are all safe,' one of the organisers allegedly said.

'I'm leaving... I don't want to be in these crowds,' an Instagram user captioned this photograph on Sunday

'I'm leaving... I don't want to be in these crowds,' an Instagram user captioned this photograph on Sunday

'Life is beautiful... It's the system that is ugly,' one sign at the protest on Sunday read

'Life is beautiful... It's the system that is ugly,' one sign at the protest on Sunday read

On Sunday, hundreds of people took to the streets again, chanting 'freedom' and demanding draconian lockdown restrictions be eased

On Sunday, hundreds of people took to the streets again, chanting 'freedom' and demanding draconian lockdown restrictions be eased

Pictured: Riot squad in protective gear

Pictured: Police moving through the crowd

A heavy police presence was visible at Queen Victoria Markets during the protest on Sunday

'Conducting these protests is dependent on having sufficiently large numbers to outnumber any police presence at a location of assembly.

'Best way to achieve this is to ensure you have talked to everyone you know that might be interested in attending, and attempt to just bring at least one other person with you.'

Tensions between police and protesters escalated 11.45am on Sunday when about 50 people were cornered by police on Peel Street.

Riot police had to separate the crowd.

One man wearing a red and black bandanna told police he had lost faith in authorities throughout the pandemic.

He told police he felt unsafe in their presence, and that contributed to his decision to attend the illegal protest.  

Another mask-wearer was seen being spoken to by an officer while holding a sign that read: 'I am just exercising...my human rights'

Another mask-wearer was seen being spoken to by an officer while holding a sign that read: 'I am just exercising...my human rights'

A mask-wearing protester arrested as police prepare for an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne on Saturday

A mask-wearing protester arrested as police prepare for an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne on Saturday

Pictured: Protesters at the rally on Saturday

Members of the mounted police unit are out in full force in Victoria on Sunday. Pictured on Saturday

Members of the mounted police unit are out in full force in Victoria on Sunday. Pictured on Saturday

Police direct a man to move away during the Melbourne Freedom Walk Rally

Police direct a man to move away during the Melbourne Freedom Walk Rally

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'Dude I'm scared. I don't even know how I'm going to pay this fine,' he said. 

'Heartless soulless people. We've all lost

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