Australian immigration authorities have detained Novak Djokovic, arguing that although the Serbianâs medical exemption from Covid-19 vaccination was valid, his views are too dangerous to let him stay.
Djokovic was detained at an address in Melbourne early on Saturday morning, in line with a court order from the previous day, which saw Immigration Minister Alex Hawke canceling the nine-time Australian Open championâs visa.
Hawke cited Djokovicâs âhigh-profile status and position as a role modelâ while arguing that his âongoing presence in Australia may fosterâ¦ disregard for the precautionary requirements following receipt of a positive Covid-19 testâ as he defended his decision to cancel the visa.
âI consider that Mr. Djokovicâs ongoing presence in Australia may lead to an increase in anti-vaccination sentiment generated in the Australian community, potentially leading to an increase in civil unrest of the kind previously experienced in Australia with rallies and protests which may themselves be a source of community transmission,âHawke added.
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