Has Australia just gone full dictatorship?
This is beginning to look very bad.
Just two days ago I brought you the story of world No. 1 tennas star Novak Djokovic who was held against his will in a guarded room in Australia while he faced deportation:
Australia cancels visa of world tennis No.1 Novak Djokovic and intends to deport him on Thursday, with his lawyers expected to appeal https://t.co/Gd6hFulxKR
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) January 5, 2022
As I said at the time…think for a second: if they can do this to him, someone with fame and power, imagine what they will do to YOU and ME!
Novak Djokovic detained for 6 hours, interrogated, treated like a terrorist, all over a vaccine exemption.
An utter disgrace.
This is our collective future if these bastards have their way.
If they can do this to a multi-millionaire superstar, what are they gonna do to you?
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) January 5, 2022
Well, they just struck again and again they have imprisoned a worldwide tennis star against her will.
Take a look:
#BREAKING: Australian Border Force CANCELS the visa and DETAINS tennis player Renata Voracova.
The Czech Republic’s athlete is being held hostage at the same “hotel quarantine facility” as Serbian star Novak Djokovic.
At this point, we best rebrand AO to the Australian Closed.
— Avi Yemini (@OzraeliAvi) January 7, 2022
— India Today Sports (@ITGDsports) January 8, 2022
Voracova is quoted as saying: “it felt like being in prison”:
Czech tennis player Renata Voracova, placed in detention centre after her Australian visa was revoked, says her stay felt like "being in prison".
Voracova entered Australia on an exemption but ended up in detention after authorities changed their minds.
— Visegrad 24 🇨🇿🇭🇺🇵🇱🇸🇰 (@visegrad24) January 7, 2022
Turns out the “Orange Man” wasn’t a Dictator at all, but the real Dictators sure are exposing themselves BIG LEAGUE right now, aren’t they?
People are (rightly) outraged:
So now Czech player Renata Voracova has been rounded up and detained like Novak. This is too much. It moved me to visit the Aussie Serbs outside the Park Hotel to present a Christmas gift. I’m also disgusted @MehdiAli98 about the refugees imprisoned there. I feel shame pic.twitter.com/ZL2MOLsDEw
— 🎗️ Paul McNamee (@PaulFMcNamee) January 7, 2022
Many are now calling Australia what it is: a Communist Regime:
Australian officials have now cancelled the Visa of Czech tennis star Renata Voracova over her vaccination status and she is now being detained in the same quarantine facility as Novak Djokovic.
Australia is officially a communist regime. pic.twitter.com/rixkSbFrVj
— AntonioTweets 📣 (@AntonioTweets2) January 7, 2022
Others are wondering if this is the last Australian Open we’ll ever see:
You have got to be kidding me. What an absolute embarrassment for Australia. There is only one way out of this – end the ridiculous and pointless vaccine requirements and apologise or this might be the last Australian Open. https://t.co/3IkoHxfE8W
— David Limbrick MP 🌸 (@_davidlimbrick) January 7, 2022
Here are more details, from IndiaToday:
Czech tennis player Renata Voracova left Australia on Saturday, the Czech Foreign Ministry said, after complications with visas that got her swept up in a furore over the handling of the country’s Covid-19 vaccine exemptions.
Voracova joined men’s number one Novak Djokovic in Australian immigration detention on Thursday, despite already having been allowed into the country and playing in a match before having her visa cancelled.
While Djokovic has challenged his visa cancellation, Voracova, a 38-year-old doubles specialist, decided to leave, telling Czech news site idnes.cz she would not challenge because of the time it would take to wait and not train ahead of the Australian Open later this month.
“(Renata) Voracova left Australia on Saturday based on her own decision to end her participation in the tournament due to complications with her visas,” the Czech ministry said.
“The decision was not based on her expulsion from the country,” it said.
The ministry added it was waiting for a response from Australian authorities to a diplomatic note sent on Friday.
Voracova was unvaccinated but had an exemption after becoming ill with Covid-19 before Christmas, around the time she had planned to get vaccinated following last season’s end, she told idnes.cz.
She had entered the country and played in Melbourne earlier this week ahead of the Australian Open but was then detained in the same hotel as Djokovic.
ABC News reported Voracova departed to Dubai.
And here is more on Djokovic, from The Guardian:
If not for the freshly plastered graffiti over its walls informing passers-by of the dozens of detained refugees inside, the Park hotel looks like it could be any regular building in Melbourne. It exists in a particularly pleasant part of the world, just north of Melbourne’s central business district, right in the shadow of the city’s university and surrounded by a parade of enticing Asian restaurants. The building, meanwhile, is coloured in nondescript shades of cream and grey. In regular times, people rarely look twice.
Since Novak Djokovic arrived in Melbourne and was promptly ordered by the Australian Border Force to leave the country before being whisked away to the detention hotel as his lawyers appealed the cancellation of his visa, the Park hotel has been at the epicentre of one of the most absurd sporting stories in recent memory. As Djokovic’s fans gathered, so too did those campaigning for the freedom of the refugees, some of whom have been there for years.
On Monday, one way or another, those sights will be no more. Djokovic’s legal battle against his deportation from Australia began on Thursday as his lawyers secured an interim injunction for him to remain in the country until after his hearing, which the government did not oppose. That hearing begins on Monday at 10am.
Despite the spectacle, the facts are simple. Upon Djokovic’s arrival in Melbourne on Wednesday night, the Australian Border Force found that he was unable to prove that he met Australia’s entry requirements, which requires arrivals to be vaccinated. As an unvaccinated traveller, Djokovic had been granted a medical exemption through a process directed by Tennis Australia and the state of Victoria in order to compete in the Australian Open, but the federal government, and no other entity, controls the country’s borders.
Thus, Djokovic’s legal team will have to prove that the border force’s decision to cancel his visa and move to deport him was unlawful. On Saturday, court documents revealed that Djokovic sought his medical exemption after, his lawyers say, he was infected with Covid-19 on 16 December. His lawyers also cite his travel declaration and exemption as indication that he was entitled to enter Victoria.
Of the possible outcomes, Djokovic could win the case, allowing him to leave the hotel and compete, or he could lose it and be forced to depart the country. The case could rumble on, with his presence and freedom in Melbourne at the discretion of the judge.
The hearing is set to be a spectacle itself: it will be held on Microsoft Teams and be open to the public. The federal court’s website has published the link to Monday’s hearing, along with the warning in bold letters: “It is imperative that you keep your camera and audio off as this can affect the progress of the hearing.”
In the wake of so much public emotion, outrage and attention, that may be the entire goal for some.
Even though Djokovic remains the dominant player in men’s tennis, having stood one match from winning the grand slam last year, and will have other opportunities, every major tournament counts when you are 34 years old. He had arrived in Melbourne seeking a record-breaking 21st major singles title.
Should he lose the case, there are further concerns. If the cancellation of Djokovic’s visa is upheld, he could be banned from re-entering the country for three years. It remains to be seen whether he would even want to return to Australia after how things have panned out.
His cause has found support in unlikely corners. “It’s just too much at this point,” said Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios on Saturday. “Honestly, I hope it all gets sorted as soon as possible. For the sport we need him here, it’s that simple. He’s one of the most influential sports people probably of all time.”