Earlier, the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, labelled the protesters “selfish”. “It is not smart, it is not safe, it is not lawful, in fact it is absolutely selfish to be out there protesting,” he said. “The only fight we should be engaged in is against this virus.” Victoria police said the protests were “disappointing” and were “putting the lives of Victorians at risk”. They said more than 150 infringement notices were issued. Fourteen of the arrests were for breaching the chief health officer’s directions, while one was for allegedly assaulting police.