Australians have reacted with horror after protestors paraded a gallows with three nooses through the streets of Melbourne.
Thousands of ‘freedom’ protesters stormed the CBD to demonstrate against mandatory vaccinations and Daniel Andrews’ proposed pandemic laws.
Among the crowd of angry demonstrators was a large makeshift gallows hanging three nooses on a long pole – possibly a reference to their ‘kill the bill’ chants.
The image caused a stir on social media with one commentator saying they felt ‘genuinely scared’ of those carrying the outrageous prop.
Among the crowds of angry ‘pro choice’ demonstrators was a large makeshift gallows that hung three nooses made from rope on a long pole.
‘This was taken today at the Melbourne protest,’ they wrote alongside the photo.
‘I’m now genuinely scared of what these people are going to do. This is not ok.’
Another user posted photos of a protester’s sign that read ‘Unvaxxed sperm is the next bitcoin’ and another of a smiling couple posing in front of the noose.
‘For context, this in Melbourne yesterday where local RWNJ (right wing nut job) gatecrashed Trumps runaway win at the inaugural noose tying state champs,’ he captioned the images.
Media commentator Mike Carlton tweeted the noose had made his stomach churn.
‘A truly disgusting sight to see in an Australian street,’ he wrote.
The terrifying image has since caused a stir on social media with one commentator saying they felt ‘genuinely scared’ of those carrying the despicable prop
One social media user compiled a list of things he trusted more than the Victorian premier
Journalist Bianca Hall replied to his tweet: ‘We ran into the people carrying the mock gallows while walking our kids back to the car during a trip into the city buying them new shoes.
‘I can’t tell you how filled with rage I was. “Mummy? What’s that?”‘
‘Trump flags and three noose effigy is shocking to the senses. A 20 minute train ride to Melbourne in a carriage full of them, unmasked, angry, intimidating. Left me shocked,’ a second user responded.
‘This is totally unacceptable, having hangman noose’s paraded through the streets of Melbourne is beyond disgusting, Victoria Police need to find & jail these inhumane RW marches ASAP,’ another agreed.
Another man described the demonstrators as ‘noose-carrying monsters’ and said seeing the protest convinced him to get vaccinated.
‘I got coerced, my first jab today. Saw the Melbourne protests and did not want anyone thinking I’m linked to those noose-carrying monsters,’ he wrote.
A photo of a male attendee proudly holding a tiny handmade noose was also criticised on social media and accused of preceding domestic terrorism.
One protestor held a sign that read ‘Unvaxxed sperm is the next bitcoin’ (pictured)
A photo of a male attendee proudly holding a tiny handmade noose was also criticised on social media and accused of preceding domestic terrorism (pictured)
‘Whether or not this particular person thinks he’s just being funny, this is the precursor to domestic terrorism (not necessarily by him); we can choose to take it seriously or not. America did not,’ one user wrote.
‘You let this kind of thing slide as “freedom of expression”, and much worse things happen down the track,’ another agreed.
However, some social media users shockingly praised the demonstrators’ antics and appeared unperturbed by the presence of the makeshift noose.
‘How good is that, Dan can’t even walk the streets, now he has to have security full time,’ one woman wrote on Facebook.
‘Not surprised at all really. Victoria’s mental health has been pushed to the limits by Andrews,’ another commented.
‘It will continue and probably get worse until the government listens,’ a third added.
Former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian slammed the deplorable prop on Twitter (pictured) and said if people weren’t appalled by the image they were ‘part of the problem’
A man addresses the crowds gathered outside the State Parliament on Saturday (pictured)
‘Freedom of choice. Nobody should be forced to have a trial drug that’s been proven it doesn’t work. Nobody deserves to loose their job because of it.
‘Threatening someone’s health and means of survival by forcing an experimental vaccine is only going to create chaos.’
Covid-19 vaccines have been proven to protect people from getting severely ill or dying if they contract the virus by training the body’s immune system to recognise and clear out the virus.
The demonstrators marched through the city shouting ‘kill the bill’ on Saturday while carrying flags and provocative banners targeting the premier.
One man’s sign depicted Andrews wearing a Nazi officer’s uniform and cap, another showed him as a gremlin and others simply displayed his face above words including ‘liar’ and ‘scum’.
Families and young children were among the crowd chanting ‘sack Dan Andrews’ as they headed for Victorian State Parliament.
Thousands of ‘Pro-choice’ and anti-vax protesters marched through showers to register their opposition to mandatory vaccination and a proposed expansion of the premier’s powers
Premier Dan Andrews was the obvious target of hundreds of signs and banners and stunts, which ranged from amusing to dramatic to sick
‘Pro-choice’ protestors, including one in a horror movie mask, flooded Melbourne streets displaying protest banners and even a fake gallows to protest the Andrews government on Saturday
Protestors in Melbourne today carried aggressive messages and signs directed at Victorian premier Dan Andrews
At Parliament House on Spring Street, the crowd was confronted with a line of Victorian mounted police.
Many of the demonstrators claimed they were not anti-vax, just opposed to Victorians being forced to get vaccinated.
Many others appeared supportive of popular conspiracy theories too.
Some carried obvious anti-vax messages, others bore anarchy insignia, attacked major media in their signs.
One man, who wore an Akubra and the flag as a cape, proudly displayed an ‘Infowars’ t-shirt in reference to discredited American extremist Alex Jones.
The law the ‘kill the bill’ signs refers to would give the premier the power to make pandemic ‘declarations’ which could be extended by three-months at a time – for as long as he deemed necessary.
Many held signs, some of which read ‘coercion is not consent’ and ‘Dan is the virus’.
The huge crowd was in the thousands – estimated as much as 20,000 by rogue MP Craig Kelly, who gave a dramatic speech
The demonstration was organised under the ‘Rise Up Melbourne’ banner and planned in an encrypted Telegram chat group
The crowd was mixed between ‘pro-choice’ marchers opposed to forced Covid-19 vaccinations, anti-vaxxers and conspiracy theorists
Thousands of protestors took to the streets to demonstrate against mandatory vaccinations and new laws set to be introduced by Victorian premier Daniel Andrews
Other messages included ‘the ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves it children’.
The demonstration was organised under the ‘Rise Up Melbourne’ banner, the Herald Sun reported.
One protester, Mark, who claimed to be fully-vaccinated, said he attended because he was ‘pro-choice’.
‘I just want there to be options and for nothing to be forced on us,’ he said.
Organisers directed plans via an encrypted Telegram group, instructing marchers to ‘bring signs, megaphones and flag’.
Protestors gathered in Melbourne at the State Library to march towards State Parliament with Premier Dan Andrews and proposed Victorian government laws in their sights
Rogue MP Craig Kelly attended and claimed 20,000 were at the Melbourne march. On Friday he posted ‘end the tyranny’ referring to proposed Victorian laws
The huge crowd carried signs attacking the media as well as Dan Andrews
Controversial anti-vax MP Craig Kelly, of the United Australia Party, travelled from Sydney to attend.
In a speech to the crowd he said the public was ‘in the face of tyranny and corruption’.
‘I have decided to take a stand like many of you have here today – I hear you,’ he told the crowd.
‘We are no longer governed for the people or by the people.
‘I stand with all those who stand for freedom.’
Earlier Kelly encouraged people to attend via Twitter, posting ‘We must stop this tyranny’.
Kelly regularly tweeted during the march, claiming up to 20,000 people were present.