The provocative owners of an organic grocery store have been arrested a second time for refusing to wear a mask for “hygienic reasons”.
Police allege that around 20 people, including staff, at The Organic Food Store in Bowral, NSW Southern Highland, were not wearing masks indoors on Saturday.
In dramatic footage of the arrests uploaded to TikTok on Sunday, the two women are taken from the store by police as a crowd of unmasked shoppers begins to protest.
Police said around 20 people, including staff, at the Bowral organic food store in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales were not wearing face masks indoors on Saturday
“You haven’t committed any infractions, so don’t even worry,” one customer said.
“Can you tell me what crime was committed?” “Said a man, to which a police officer replied” for having violated the public health order “.
“Shame, shame, shame,” said another woman.
The camera then moves to the second store owner who exclaims “I’m being arrested!” As she is driven from the store to the police vehicle outside.
Protesters follow the entourage as a man told officers in attendance that there was “great outrage among the public for what they were doing.”
It is alleged that when officers asked them to wear masks, employees “expressed no intention of complying.”
The two women, aged 62 and 43, will face a court accused of violating public health guidelines.
In dramatic footage of the arrests uploaded to TikTok on Sunday, the two women are taken from the store by police as a crowd of unmasked shoppers begins to protest
The camera then heads to the second store owner (pictured) who exclaims “I’m being arrested!” As she is driven out of the store and into a police van.
Store owners were also arrested on Thursday and charged with similar offenses after refusing to wear a mask inside the store for “hygienic reasons.”
A violent clash ensued outside the store as one of the store’s male owners stepped in to oppose the first round of arrests of the women.
The man was grabbed by officers, hit in the back of the van and then pinned to the ground.
On the store’s Instagram page, which features anti-mask and other posts questioning the Covid-19 vaccines, owners claimed conflicts started inside the store when police were called about. of the store’s anti-mask panel on the outside.
“For more than an hour and a half, the police discussed it with the owners,” the post said.
“A client and a friend decided to videotape the discussion – that’s when it all started. They refused to allow the filming and tried to forcefully remove her from the store. ‘
Store owners were also arrested on Thursday and charged with similar offenses after refusing to wear a mask inside the store for “hygienic reasons,” as seen on their Instagram page.
One of the store owners (pictured, left and right) is seen in a clash with police as they tried to arrest him in Bowral, after being alerted by the public that the store had banned wearers of masks
The owners accused an officer of putting his hands behind her back and pushing her out of the store.
The video showed the shopkeeper approaching officers as they attempted to put the owner in the police van, and he asked “what did she do?” as officers warned him to “get away”.
After the woman was pushed into the van, the owner was immediately grabbed by an officer, to whom he shouted “don’t touch me” as the woman filming can be heard calling out. “Mark, Mark! “.
Officers then pushed the owner against the back of the van with enough force to knock the cap off his head and stuck a hand in his face.
An officer warned him to “you are under arrest” and he replied “and that fat guy” in reference to another officer.
The two women, 62 and 43, are due to appear in court after being accused of violating public health instructions. Pictured: An owner was put into a police car on Thursday
Protesters follow the entourage, with one man telling officers in attendance that there was “great outrage among the public for what they were doing”
The man, who was being held by two officers, was then tripped by a third and pushed face first against the sidewalk.
Since the lockdown was imposed by the NSW government on Saturday, all people entering shops, workplaces and indoor public spaces must wear masks.
However, the store had an inscription opposing the policy, telling customers not to wear masks and saying that people who had taken a vaccine in the previous two weeks should not enter.
The Organic Store’s Instagram page included earlier advice from the NSW government that people who should not wear masks include “anyone who has difficulty breathing wearing a mask.”