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Fewer than 40 show up to Perth ‘freedom rally’ at Parliament House

It was a small turnout at today’s Rally for Life, Health and Liberty in West Perth, with fewer than 40 people showing up to protest Government measures impeding on “basic rights and freedoms”, including freedom of movement, expression and privacy.

A handful of police were present for the start of the protest — held from 11am at Parliament House — but attendees had well and truly left the area by midday.

The few dozen who showed their support for the event, advertised on social media as a “picnic rally for life and liberty”, clung to the shade while organisers set up a makeshift staging area in the middle of the square in front of Parliament.

The small rally was organised by an alliance of online groups, each with a different agenda but connected by various conspiracy theories and their opposition to border closures, COVID-19 lockdowns, vaccinations, “child trafficking and paedophilia”, and more.

Kicking things off was pipe major James Cowie, who performed the Australian National Anthem.

A series of speakers including Professor Augusto Zimmermann from the Freedom Alliance, The Civilisationists’ Dr Marion Hercock and Family and Children’s Rights Australia’s Clint Taylor were also expected to address protesters.

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