Woman charged in Australia for inciting anti-lockdown protests

A Facebook Live video shows the moment Zoe-Lee Buhler was arrested.

(CNN)A woman in Australia has been arrested and charged with incitement after promoting an anti-lockdown protest, sparking criticism.

A video of the arrest shared on Facebook has been viewed more than 7.5 million times, leading many to condemn the officers' pre-emptive action in detaining the woman in her pajamas.
The arrest of Zoe-Lee Buhler, 28, was livestreamed on Facebook Wednesday by her partner, with the video showing Victoria Police officers entering her house with a warrant and putting Buhler in handcuffs.
    "You're under arrest in relation to incitement," says one of the officers, explaining that Buhler is being detained due to a Facebook post about an anti-lockdown protest in Ballarat, southern Australia.
    Buhler says she is pregnant, has an ultrasound in an hour and that she has not broken any laws.
    The officer corrects her, saying: "You are breaking the law, that's why I'm arresting you."
    Buhler then offers to delete the offending post, which included a link to an anti-lockdown protest with the caption: "Anyone from Ballarat please join us in our fight for freedom and human rights!"
    However, police progressed with the arrest and said the warrant allowed them to seize any computers and mobile devices in the property, including the phone being used to record the encounter.
    CNN has attempted to contact Buhler and her legal representatives for comment.
    Buhler later spoke to reporters outside her home on Thursday and said she did not realize she had done anything wrong.
    "I wanted to feel like I was standing up for human rights," she told CNN affiliate 7News. "I had a bit of a bimbo moment."
    Buhler added that she now realized she had made a mistake, but will fight the charge, according to 7News.
    Victoria state has been under a strict lockdown since August 2 after experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases.
    In a statement sent to CNN, Victoria Police said they were aware of a "prohibited gathering" planned for Saturday which was "in blatant breach of the Chief Health Officer's directions and puts Victorian lives at risk."
    The statement said officers executed a search warrant and seized a mobile device at an address in Miners Rest as part of an investigation into the planning and encouragement of protest activity.