Protesters have returned to Perth’s CBD to march against COVID-19 vaccines and mandates – urging people to “wake up” and take down the government.
More than 5000 people, including families who brought young children and babies, gathered in 40C heat at Forrest Chase on Saturday afternoon.
Some carried signs that referred to the vaccine as a “bio weapon”, while others held placards of Premier Mark McGowan pictured as former Chinese communist leader Mao, and Nazi leader Hitler.
Failed political candidate DJ Aaron Malloy was among the speakers at the rally and urged the crowd to keep fighting the government.
Mr Malloy, who often MC’s the protests, rallied against the Family Court as part of his unsuccessful campaign, and at one point turned up as court dressed as a woman – claiming the system discriminated against men.
He has also previously claimed on social media that most allegations of domestic violence relating to restraining orders are “false”, labelling it as a “fake domestic violence industry”.
Children as young as six and seven were seen handing out anti-vaxxer leaflets in the scorching heat to passers by.
Former FIFO worker Daniel Bruni was among the protestors and said he had attended the event to show he was “pro-choice”.
Mum-of-three Emma Nardoo marched in the rally with her three young children and her husband.
She said they were forced to abandon their small mining business as they did not want to be vaccinated.
“I’d rather take my risk with COVID, rather than have an adverse reaction to the vaccine,” she told The West Australian.
It was one of a number of protests across Australia’s capital cities and regional centres including Broome, Newcastle, Cairns and Mt Gambier as part of a so-called “worldwide rally for freedom”.
The Melbourne event attracted the biggest crowd, with more than 5000 people walking from Parliament House through the CBD to Carlton Gardens.
An effigy of a schoolgirl in a coffin with a vaccine in her arm was on show among signs with slogans such as “free Victoria”, “fake news”, “be fab stop the jab” and “unvaxxed sperm is the next bitcoin”.