Democracy campaigner arrested, refuses bail conditions, remains in custody

Australia: A woman charged with incitement and accused of urging people to attend anti-lockdown protests remains in custody despite being granted bail, because she has refused to agree to conditions imposed by a magistrate.

Monica Smit (pictured above), the founder of Reignite Democracy Australia – which opposes the Victorian government’s handling of the covid-19 pandemic – remained in custody at a Melbourne police station on Wednesday over her refusal to sign a bail consent form.

Smit was granted bail on two charges of incitement and three of breaching the Chief Health Officer’s directions, but after a 10-minute conversation with her lawyer to clarify the conditions she had to accept to get bail, defence counsel Marcel White told Melbourne Magistrates Court the 33-year-old did not want to sign the consent form…

Read the full story at The Age.