MELBOURNE LOCKDOWN PROBED
The ombudsman in Victoria is conducting an investigation into a strict lockdown placed on nine public housing towers in Melbourne. Many of the towers’ residents are immigrants who say the restrictions felt like discrimination, according to the New York Times.
When the lockdown was imposed in July, most people in Melbourne were able to leave home to exercise and shop for necessities, but those living in the towers were effectively placed under house arrest for 14 days — without warning.
In late October, most of Melbourne celebrated the end of one of the longest and strictest lockdowns in the world. But the residents of the towers are struggling to work through feelings of anger, trauma and confusion.