Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, to oppose the unprecedented emergency powers the Victorian Government is trying to grant itself. 7news has more.
Thousands of people gathered in Melbourne’s CBD on Saturday to rally against the State Government’s new emergency powers and vaccine mandates.
Protesters blocked tram lines as they marched from the State Library to Parliament. One man was seen carrying a homemade gallows with three nooses but there were no reports of unrest.
Former Liberal MP turned United Australia Party leader Craig Kelly addressed the protest, saying mandatory vaccinations were an “abuse of human rights”.
“We are being governed by medical bureaucrats that are part of a mad, insane cult of vaccinists,” he told the rally.
As of Friday, just under 93% of Victorians aged 12 years-old and over had received at least one vaccine dose and 86% both.
The deadline for construction workers to be fully vaccinated to continue working on site has been reached.
The controversial mandate, which sparked violent protests across Melbourne in September, requires all tradies to have had two vaccine doses by Saturday.
Victorian aged care workers must be fully vaccinated by Monday and about one million of the state’s essential workers in total will be required to be double-jabbed by November 26th.
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