Novak Djokovic is the best male tennis player in the world. He’s a Serbian superstar who recently traveled to Australia to play in the key Australian Open tournament.
Now, because he hasn’t provided proof of his COVID vaccine status, he is being held in detention and has been told he might soon be deported out of Australia.
According to Australia’s deputy leader Barnaby Joyce, if Djokovic is found to have lied about an exemption from the vaccine, he’ll be put on a plane and sent home as soon as possible.
The threat is very clear, but how in the world did this situation even happen? If Djokovic doesn’t have the required vaccine to enter Australia, how was he allowed on a plane to go there?
Let’s take a look…
How Did This Crisis Happen?
As Australia’s government threatens him with deportation and says Djokovic is acting like he’s above the law, it’s worth looking at how this happened.
Djokovic, 34, came to Australia several days ago to play in the tournament. He says he does not support the COVID vaccines and has a special medical exemption from taking it.
Australia’s tennis authority granted him the exemption and so did a panel from the state of Victoria where the tournament will be played.
As we saw recently in Melbourne, a man lit himself on fire protesting Victoria state’s vaccine passports and mandates, so the issue is very controversial in Australia.
For his part, Djokovic was allowed to get on the plane from Dubai where he was and come into Australia. However, after arriving, Australia’s border agents said he hadn’t given the right “evidence” about his exemption.
Djokovic was taken to a detention hotel in Melbourne and told he’ll be facing detention in the coming days.
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
Australian Government Threatens Djokovic
According to Australia’s government, Djokovic possibly lied on purpose on his entry forms or someone in the immigration services made a mistake to let him enter the country.
Deputy leader Joyce accused Djokovic of “wandering” the world with an egotistical attitude that makes him think he can do whatever he wants.
Djokovic and his team are furious about the decision to deport him and challenging it. Australia’s leader, Scott Morrison, who has repeatedly threatened the unvaccinated, said Djokovic will be treated the same way as anyone else entering Australia.
With an election coming up in Australia in four months, Morrison is spinning this around to try to get the most leverage out of it. Meanwhile Serbian leader Aleksandar Vucic says Djokovic is being “harassed” by Australia.
He also says Morrison and his government are actively disrespecting and insulting the nation of Serbia. Many have been protesting outside the hotel where Djokovic is being held.
Increasingly uneasy about how Djokovic is being treated. Whatever your views on the man, he was approved to board that plane. And now? An 8hr interrogation, a glorified detention centre, and global ridicule. This does not feel like 'rules are rules'. It feels like a show trial.
— Oliver Brown (@oliverbrown_tel) January 6, 2022
If they can do this to one of the most famous and richest people in the world, imagine what they can do to you.