Thousands flood streets to decry vaccine mandate (VIDEOS) — Analysis

Australia is witnessing a fresh wave of demonstrations against mandatory Covid vaccines. There are hundreds of thousands of people protesting across dozens of Australian cities. Large crowds blocked central streets in aerial footage.

New rallies all across the country happened on Saturday, as people demonstrated for more freedom in relation to coronavirus vaccination. The Millions March Against Mandatory Vaccination was a group that organized massive demonstrations across central Sydney and Melbourne. They also included 30 towns and cities in Australia. 

Claiming that vaccine mandates are discriminatory, people protested outside parliamentary buildings and blocked central streets, calling for resignations in state governments and an end to what some call “tyranny.”

No official numbers have been published regarding attendances, but various media outlets reported that “Hundreds of thousands” took to the streets this weekend. The aerial footage revealed that cities were flooded by large crowds. 

In Sydney, people of all ages gathered in Hyde Park, carrying banners that read “Don’t lock your doors again,” and “Freedom equals less government.” In Melbourne, people protested outside the state parliament and blocked Spring Street while chanting “Sack [Premier of Victoria] Dan Andrews,” in an apparent expression of anger over his controversial pandemic powers legislation.

On the Gold Coast, protesters largely supported the leader of Australia’s right-wing One Nation party, Pauline Hanson. Senator Pauline Hanson, who had been pushing a bill to ban mandatory vaccine policies, spoke to the crowds and said that she had spoken to Scott Morrison to tell him to amend the constitution in order to support her legislation. 

Although the rally was loud with many people shouting and beating drums, it was peaceful. New South Wales’ Health Minister Brad Hazzard allowed protestors who were not vaccinated to participate in the Sydney rally. However, he asked them to wear a mask and avoid being harmed if they felt unwell.



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