Refugee activist's protest charge dropped

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A Victorian refugee activist charged with inciting others to break health rules during Melbourne's hard lockdown has had his matter discharged in court.

Chris Breen, 51, was charged with incitement following a car convoy protest against the detention of Medevac refugees in the Mantra Hotel at Preston, in Melbourne's north, in April 2020.

Breen's matter was discharged on Monday in Melbourne Magistrates Court due to insufficient evidence.

The Refugee Action Collective Victoria member said the outcome was an "important victory" for the right to protest.

"The real crime has been the prolonged indefinite detention of refugees," Mr Breen said in a statement.

Police fined 30 people $1652 each for breaching health regulations at the cavalcade in April 2020.

Breen was charged with inciting others to break health rules.

He told AAP last year his computers and phone were seized on the day of the protest and he was detained for nine hours at Preston police station.