Police presence at Melbourne towers was 'dehumanising', infectious disease doctor says

Exclusive: Chris Lemoh, who worked in locked down housing towers, is ‘furious’ about treatment of tenants

An infectious diseases doctor seconded by Victoria’s health department to work in the nine public housing towers placed under hard lockdown is “furious” about the way residents were treated, arguing the police presence at the towers was “deeply dehumanising” and tenants’ expertise was never harnessed.

Some 3,000 public housing residents living in nine tower block estates in the Melbourne suburbs of Flemington and North Melbourne were placed into “hard lockdown” on 4 July, with some residents only learning about it as 400 police officers swept into the towers at the same time the premier, Daniel Andrews, made the announcement. The measure was in response to a cluster of Covid-19 cases in some of the towers.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: Police presence at Melbourne towers was 'dehumanising', infectious disease doctor says ———

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