Anti-vax protesters wave signs depicting Mark McGowan as Hitler and claiming the Covid vaccine ‘violates human rights’ during rally in Perth
- Anti-vaxxers swarm Perth CBD to demand ‘freedom’ and end to border closures
- Some protesters held signs comparing Premier Mark McGowan to Adolf Hitler
- Other demonstrators clutched placards saying ‘vaccines violate human rights’
- Protesters marched through Forrest Chase to John Farnham’s ‘You’re the voice’
Protesters have taken to the streets in Perth as part of anti-lockdown rallies held across the country.
Despite Western Australia not being in lockdown, about 2,000 angry protesters swarmed the city to demand their ‘freedom’ and end to border closures at Forrest Chase on Saturday.
Anti-vaxxers were seen clutching placards calling for an end to mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations with references to Nazi Germany, including one sign depicting Premier Mark McGowan as Adolf Hitler.
Anti-vaxxers stormed Perth’s CBD on Saturday holding signs comparing WA Premier Mark McGowan to Adolf Hitler (pictured)
A heavy police presence surrounded the city while demonstrators chanted ‘freedom’, ‘do not comply’ and ‘shame Mark McGowan’ – in a relatively peaceful protest compared to violent scenes in Victoria.
Other demonstrators were seen holding signs that said: Vaccine mandates violate human rights’ and ‘the final Covid variant is called communism’.
‘Our basic rights have been taken away,’ a protester named Patricia told Perth Now.
‘The final Covid variant is called communism,’ read one placard held by a protester in Perth’s CBD (pictured)
‘Everything that is happening about the medical apartheid is totally unlawful, it’s crimes against humanity, it’s going to force people to do something that they don’t believe in’.
The protester claimed the crowd did not trust the media for only ‘presenting one point of view’.
She also alleged the turn-out was also due to the group’s distrust of the government and its ‘lies’ saying: ‘It’s time for a whole lot more truth in the community.’
Demonstrators marched through the CBD to John Farnham’s ‘You’re the Voice’ while speakers addressed the crowd alleging they were nurses against the jab mandate.
‘What’s happening to us at the moment, as healthcare workers … they have been restricted, we’ve got a directive by October 1, we cannot step into our workplace anymore if we refuse to take the vaccine,’ said one nurse.
‘We have known from the very beginning of this campaign that it was a campaign of fear,’ shouted another, who claimed to have worked as a registered nurse in a Covid-19 ward.
2,000 West Australian demonstrators marched through Forrest Chase demanding ‘freedom’ (pictured)
Another nurse took the stage telling the crowd: ‘I would rather eat two minute noodles for the rest of my life than have that vaccine.’
A vaccine mandate was announced earlier in the month for all healthcare workers in Western Australian hospitals to receive at least one Covid jab by October 1.
Healthcare staff will need to be fully vaccinated by the November 1 cut-off date to continue working in public and private hospitals.
All staff working across the remaining public healthcare sector will need to be fully immunised by January 1 next year.
Women who claimed to be WA nurses announced they refused to get the jab to the crowd of anti-vaxxers (pictured)