Zoe Buhler is identified as the 28-year-old pregnant Australian woman who was reportedly handcuffed and led away by authorities for inciting activists to demonstrate against COVID-19 pandemic-related shutdown restrictions, as reported by MailOnline.
Buhler was arrested Wednesday for an anti-lockdown protest in Victoria. She is currently survived by her husband, two young children, and one on the way.
Zoe Buhler Arrested For COVID-19-Related Orders
Buhler was live-streamed while being arrested at her home in the Victoria state city of Ballara after making a Facebook protest group. Her partner, James Timmins, helped Livestream her Wednesday arrest.
The 28-year-old Australian mother has gone viral after a live stream video was shared on Wednesday, showing a clip of officers arresting her at home in Ballarat.
Buhler was handcuffed wearing pajamas in her lounge room in front of her children on Wednesday afternoon.
Zoe Buhler Livestream Video Viewed By Millions
Buhler created a group called ‘Freedom Day Ballarat’ that called for people to protest against COVID-19 orders.
After being told she’s being arrested for incitement, Zoe offers to take down the Facebook post.
Her partner James Timmins can be heard speaking, trying to help Zoe and saying she’ll delete the group. The video has since been viewed millions of times, drawing criticism from both sides of the aisle.
Zoe Buhler Under Investigation
Buhler was charged with incitement and faces a $20,000 fine for creating the ‘Freedom Day Ballarat’ event page.
“The police could have given me a phone call and said: ‘Look, you need to take down your event or you could be charged with a crime,’ and I would have done that”, she told reporters Thursday.
“It could have been as simple as that. You know, I’m not someone that would, you know, ever commit a crime or anything like that,” Buhler continued.
Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius defended the move, saying cuffing the mother was “entirely reasonable” while noting that the optics of arresting a pregnant woman are “terrible.”
A GoFundMe by Buhler’s brother Jordan to pay for her legal fees has more than $5,000 in donations so far.