Protesters rallying against lockdowns and vaccine mandates swarm two Melbourne shopping centres before police swoop in and make arrests
- Anti-vax protesters have swarmed shopping centre car parks in rallies
- Police swooped in and clamped down on the demonstrations
- Information about the rallies was shared to encrypted Telegram group
- Protesters were fighting against mandatory vaccinations and lockdowns
Protesters have swarmed Melbourne shopping centres rallying against Victoria’s lockdown and vaccination rules.
Rallies were held at Campbellfield Plaza carpark and The Glen Shopping Centre carpark on Saturday protesting against mandatory vaccines and lockdown.
The locations of the rallies were shared on an encrypted Telegram group with close to 8000 subscribers able to view the message.
‘If you need an excuse, you’re shopping within your 15km,’ the post read.
Several arrests were made.
Protesters swarmed Melbourne shopping centres (pictured) before police clamped down on the demonstrations
Anti-vax protesters held signs at the shopping centre car parks (pictured)
Protesters swarmed the Campbellfield Plaza carpark and The Glen Shopping Centre carpark (pictured)
Police attended the protests (pictured), making several arrests
Those attending the protest were told to park in or nearby the car parks to blend in.
Police attended the protests and were checking IDs at Campbellfield Plaza.
Some protestors wore matching shirts reading ‘nurse coercion is not informed consent’ and ‘#ReclaimTheLine.’
Many held up signs to passing traffic.
The roadside demonstration began around midday, with the ‘roadside rebels’ encouraged to ‘wear white to unite’ in the Telegram messages.
Two new locations were organised by protesters to attempt to escape police at Eastland Shopping Centre and Epping Plaza.
A nurse who attended the Campfield protest and wishes to remain anonymous told the Herald Sun the group are ‘pro-choice’ and that she is not an anti-vaxxer.
‘I’ve been a nurse for more than 39 years,’ the woman said.
‘Both my kids are vaccinated, I’m not a anti-vaxxer.’
‘The way (the government) is pushing the vaccine on people – it’s coercion, and it’s not right.’
More to come.