Thousands of demonstrators descended on Melbourne to rally against vaccine mandates and the state government’s pandemic legislation.
The anti-vaccine mandate protestors descended on the CBD starting at the State Library to protest the coronavirus mandate and proposed pandemic bill on Saturday.
The protest came as Australia hit a major milestone with up to 80 per cent of over 16s fully vaccinated against coronavirus.
The group marched along Bourke Street and to Parliament House in the afternoon and were heard shouting “free Victoria” and “sack Dan Andrews”.
One man addressed the crowd on the steps of parliament and chanted “we stand up”.
Many held anti-vaccination signs and waved signs of “kill the bill” in reference to the pandemic legislation which would replace state-of-emergency powers when they expire in December.
The legislation would give the premier authority to declare a pandemic and would allow the health minister make public health orders.
Police officers including mounted branch were present at the rally with the force saying they were aware of the activity.
“There will be a highly visible police presence to ensure there are no breaches of the peace and the community is safe,” the statement said.