In response to the COVID-19 lockdown violation, police in Melbourne surrounded the synagogue and issued fines to those involved.
For illegally meeting at a Melbourne synagogue, where several rule-breakers climbed roofs to avoid police, six persons have been fined $5452 apiece so far.
After entering the Ripponlea synagogue at 5am yesterday and refusing to leave until nightfall, the ultra-Orthodox group is said to have been celebrating Jewish New Year.
After up to 30 persons violated lockdown rules, Assistant Commissioner Russell Barrett warned further fines would be imposed in the coming days.
Everyone at the party (save for youngsters) will receive a penalty notice, according to his instructions to his investigators today.
As the rule-breakers left the synagogue, police were stationed at the exits.
To avoid being apprehended, some persons attempted to flee the scene by climbing over "neighboring roofs".
A number of children were believed to be present at the synagogue, therefore police did not enter.
In the end, Assistant Commissioner Barrett decided to wait and try to talk with the persons inside.
To be honest, I'm shocked.
Investigators are seeking to locate a number of other people who were there at the party but have yet to be contacted by police.
'If you were there yesterday and haven't spoken to the police, you should come forward,' Assistant Commissioner Barrett told me.
During the altercation with worshippers, a news camera operator was hurt and is recovering in the hospital.
Investigators have acknowledged that they are looking into the allegation of assault against the videographer.
One individual assaulted the victim about 7pm on Glen Eira Road.
"The investigation is still underway."
According to Premier Daniel Andrews, "horrible, appalling conduct" was involved in the event in which the cameraman was hurt.
During the meeting, Mr. Andrews criticized the decision to convene and called for an investigation.
As he added, "This is a very awful act".
"It's simply plain stupid. It prolongs the lockdown and puts individuals at risk of being hospitalized because of it."
Hopefully, these decisions won't cause anyone to become terribly ill."
Jewish community leaders who had called out the illegal actions were thanked by Mr Andrews.
The Lord Mayor of Melbourne called the synagogue attendees "selfish".
Sally Capp, who appeared on Today this morning, said she was surprised by the events.
As Ms. Capp put it, "I don't know what world these people live on".
Our city has had more days of lockdown than any other city in the globe.
The necessity for continued vigilance and for us to work together to reduce the spread of this illness and bring ourselves out of lockdown persists. This is a commitment we need from everyone."
In his remarks, the Lord Mayor applauded the community for "truly calling out this sort of behavior".
People seem to be driven to be self-centered and ignore the rules, Ms. Capp added.
Why do some people feel they can disregard community regulations and still get away with it?
For bringing these issues to our attention, we thank the police and the community for bringing them to our attention so that we can address them and really help people remain united around our ultimate goal of opening and remaining open."
In the same street, a big gathering of maskless men and children gathered after curfew on Monday night.
After passing through temporary fence and entering Adass Israel's building, a witness captured the mostly mask-free mob streaming inside the building.
While walking by, Steve noted the gathering appeared to be preparing for something.
As he waited for the police, he estimated that there were 20 to 30 people in the area.
Because small businesses are already suffering, this is only exacerbating the problem.
The Jewish New Year celebrations began on Monday at sundown.
The Jewish Community Council of Victoria expressed its dissatisfaction of the gathering in violation of the lockdown before the celebrations began.