Pastor charged after Vic lockdown protests

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A Melbourne pastor has been remanded in custody after anti-lockdown protests at the weekend.

Victoria Police Commander Mark Galliott on Monday said Pastor Paul Furlong had been charged with incitement.

Police later confirmed a 53-year-old man from Tyabb was charged with incitement, committing an indictable offence and breaching bail.

He will face Frankston Magistrates Court on June 10.

Five people were arrested at Narre Warren on Sunday, while 14 people were also arrested and served with 55 infringement notices after another protest the day before.

"They were certainly willing to take on police," Mr Galliott told Melbourne radio station 3AW.

"Obviously it's frustrating for us. What we saw on Saturday were those direct and intentional breaches of those directives by a very small group."

He added about 600 police were mobilised for Saturday's protest.

Under Victoria's lockdown rules, mass gatherings such as rallies are illegal.

"Many members get taken away from their other duties," Mr Galliott said.