EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): After France, Germany, Greece, Italy, now the Aussies are demonstrating massively against vaccines, masks, lockdowns… The Australian government decided new lockdowns with just 176 cases!!… Meanwhile, AB Makarios, totally asleep at the wheel, blindly supports all the failed globalist policies… What’s coming next? Have no doubt that America will erupt for FREEDOM if the Biden team continues to make mistake after mistake…
Australian anti-lockdown protestors violently clash with police and yell anti-vaxxer slogans in rallies across the country in response to harsh new restrictions after just 176 new daily infections
- Thousands of protesters have marched in Sydney and Melbourne in backlash over strict lockdowns
- Protesters chanted ‘freedom’, held up placards, and were not wearing masks or practising social distancing
- Police were out in force to meet the protesters with mounted officers present and multiple arrests
- Australia has seen a small uptick in cases with 176 new infections on Saturday across the entire country
Anti-lockdown marches have erupted across Australia with tens of thousands of maskless protesters lining the streets of Melbourne and Sydney, amid fears the rallies could act as devastating Covid super-spreading events.
The protests are a response to harsh Covid lockdowns in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, with more than half the country’s 25million people ordered to stay at home over an outbreak which began in Sydney.
The severe restrictions have been imposed in response to a small rise in cases, which saw 176 new infections across the entire country registered on Saturday.
Frenzied crowds shouting ‘freedom’ and anti-vaccine conspiracy slogans swarmed Haymarket city centre from midday on Saturday, just moments after local health chief Jeremy McAnulty declared the area a virus hotspot.
Officers confirmed more than 60 arrests had been made after objects were thrown, including one who allegedly launched a bollard at a policeman, while others were seen punching horses.
Police have now warned that the huge crowds gathered for the protests could see Victoria’s lockdown extended.
The state’s chief health officer Brett Sutton also hit out at protesters, saying the demonstrations would not free Australians from Covid, and warned the pandemic was far from over.
One group of five protesters told Daily Mail Australia they’d travelled from the epicentre of the new outbreak, just for the rally.
‘We don’t give a f*** mate, this lockdown is killing us,’ one said.
Protesters throw plastic bottles and plants at mounted police at Sydney Town Hall during the ‘Worldwide Rally For Freedom’ anti-lockdown rally in Australia on Saturday
A bloodied man is detained by police during the violent clashes sparked by harsh new lockdown measures in response to rising Covid cases
The severe restrictions have been imposed in response to a small rise in cases, which saw 176 new infections across the entire country registered on Saturday
A protesters tries to punch a police horse during the ugly scenes of unrest as thousands gathered to demonstrate against the stay-at-home orders
Protesters are arrested by the police at Sydney Town Hall during the rally at Hyde Park as Australia imposed new lockdown measures
Chaos in Australia: Tens of thousands swarmed George Street in Sydney for an anti-lockdown protest on Saturday in response to new restrictions
The streets of Melbourne were flooded with protesters, with some letting off orange flares as others clashed with police
Essential exercise? Two women wearing activewear were spotted in the middle of a chanting crowd in Victoria Park, where the rally began before moving through to the CBD
Mounted police and riot squad officers were seen trying to contain chanting crowds and direct the flow of protesters as traffic backed up along the city’s busiest road.
Dozens of protesters climbed the roof of a Woolworths store and nearby train station, some holding signs reading: ‘Western Sydney Lives Matter’.
Police told the crowd gathered outside Town Hall about 2.40pm that they need to disperse if they ‘don’t want to get pepper sprayed’.
One Sydney resident took to Twitter about midday to say she witnessed protesters and police clashing outside her house.
‘Stepped outside my house in Chippendale five mins ago… assuming this is an anti-lockdown protest that police diverted from Broadway,’ the woman wrote.
NSW Police Minister confirmed 57 people were charged after attending Sydney’s protest and a strike-force has been established to investigate who was in attendance.
‘What we saw today was 3,500 very selfish boofheads — people that thought the law didn’t apply to them,’ Mr Elliott said.
‘If we don’t see a [Covid] spike in the areas these protesters came from in the next week I’ll be very, very surprised,’ Elliott said.
‘It was just a whole lot of halfwits. There is no doubt in my mind that at least one individual there today had COVID, it is statistically impossible for us not to consider that.
‘I’m appealing to all 3,500 people to get tested tomorrow, if not for themselves for the sake of their family and friends.’
Police confirmed they made a number of arrests at the wild protest in Sydney which began at Victoria Park
A line of police officers outside Flinders Street station in Melbourne faced off against enraged protesters
Protesters were met by mounted police outside Town Hall in Sydney (pictured) with no group prepared to back down
One anti-lockdown protester is detained by police during the scenes of unrest in Victoria Park in Sydney on Saturday amid the chaos
The protesters in their thousands make their way through the Sydney CBD on Saturday afternoon (pictured)
The crowds threw ink at one officer (pictured) as he was stationed next to the a barrier in the Sydney CBD
More than 1,000 people have also gathered in Melbourne’s CBD on Saturday afternoon – with flares lit outside Victoria’s Parliament House.
Police formed a barrier on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets in the CBD where they held back the crowd chanting ‘you work for us’.
Mounted officers told the group to disperse with a numbers of protesters being detained.
In Brisbane hundreds of people turned out the to the city’s botanic gardens refusing to wear masks in an anti-lockdown protest.
A car rally is also planned for locked-down Adelaide, with police warning they will make arrests over unlawful activity.
Stunned Sydneysiders took to social media to describe the protests in their city.
‘Protest stretches right down Broadway! Absolutely massive turnout,’ one demonstrator said.
Shocked onlookers feared the rally could spell disaster for Sydney’s Delta outbreak.
‘The Sydney anti-lockdown protest is a superspreader event in the making. If the sheer number of people wasn’t enough, everyone is also screaming at the top of their lungs (without masks) and potentially spreading droplets all over the damn place,’ one said.
‘These people are protesting the lockdowns. Obviously because they don’t want to be Locked down,’ said another.
‘So they decide to protest, breathing on each other, spreading Covid, causing the positive cases and spread to rise, which therefore extends the lockdown they are protesting?’
One person added the most well behaved of Sydney’s protests appeared to be in the centre of the city.
‘Actual mostly peaceful anti lockdown protests going on in the heart of Sydney right now,’ the woman wrote to Twitter.