Anti-vaxxer activist accused of inciting violent anti-lockdown protests announces her engagement – just hours after she is freed on bail
- Anti-vaxxer Monica Smit announces engagement hours after was freed on bail
- Charged with incitement in relation to protests in Melbourne in August
- Now-fiancé is also in anti-lockdown activist and vocal critic of Daniel Andrews
- Initially granted bail on September 1 but refused due to strict bail conditions
- Declared she and her Reignite Democracy Australia activist party ‘not silenced’
An anti-vaxxer activist accused of inciting violent anti-lockdown protests has revealed she is engaged – just hours after she was freed on bail.
Monica Smit, 33, is charged with two counts of incitement in relation to protests in Melbourne on August 11 and 21.
Smit – who livestreamed her arrest while sitting in her car on August 31 – was released from jail on Wednesday after a judge relaxed her ‘onerous’ bail conditions.
After spending 22 days in custody, Smit took to social media to tell her followers her partner Morgan Jonas had proposed to her.
Anti-vaxxer activist Monica Smit (pictured with her partner Morgan Jonas) was released on bail on Wednesday after spending 22 days in custody
Jonas is also an anti-lockdown activist and a strong critic of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.
‘It’s on the wrong finger because it’s too big and I don’t want to lose it. We need to get it resized,’ she said.
‘It’s all a little bit overwhelming right now.’
Late on Wednesday she announced her engagement to partner Morgan Jonas just hours after she was released
The reality TV wannabe also declared she and her Reignite Democracy Australia activist party were ‘not being silenced’.
‘I am very motivated, I have not been silenced and RDA continues,’ she said.
Smit was initially granted bail on September 1 after she was arrested but refused to sign the bail conditions due to strict restrictions that included a curfew and removing material from social media.
On Wednesday, she applied to have these bail conditions altered in the Supreme Court.
The reality TV star wannabe (pictured) initially was granted bail on September 1 but refused due to strict bail conditions
Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth instead handed down ‘more limited’ conditions than those originally imposed.
‘In the current climate there is undoubtedly a real risk of her reoffending,’ Justice Hollingworth told the court.
It is alleged Smit encouraged people to attend illegal anti-lockdown protests during Victoria’s sixth lockdown through encrypted app, Telegram.
Smit (pictured) is alleged to have encouraged people to attend anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination rallies through the encrypted app Telegram
Smit livestreamed her arrest in August, telling viewers she was turning on her camera ‘just in case.’
Alongside these allegations, Smit is also charged with three counts of breaching public health order directions.
Smit livestreamed her arrest to social media on August 31, turning on her camera after she was pulled over by police ‘just in case.’
After being told she was under arrest, Smit told her supporters to share the video before officers shut the video down.
She is due to face court in November.