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Thousands of people gathered outside Melbourne‘s state library to protest against the state’s vaccine mandates and a proposed pandemic bill.
Scores of protestors in the CBD have slammed the bill as ‘dangerous new legislation.’
The demonstrators marched down Bourke Street to Parliament House on Spring Street just after 12pm, with shouts of ‘free Victoria’ and ‘Sack Dan Andrews’.
Any mentions of the Premier or chief health officer Brett Sutton were met with universal boos from the animated crowd.
Over 1000 people have gathered outside Melbourne’s state library to protest against the state’s vaccine mandates and a proposed pandemic bill
Scores of angry protestors in Melbourne’s CBD have slammed the proposed pandemic bill as ‘dangerous new legislation.’
If the bill is approved, premier Dan Andrews could declare a pandemic (pictured, protestors in the CBD)
A second rally was staged in St Kilda, as part of a climate action.
The new pandemic-specific laws, which are set to replace state-of-emergency powers when they expire on December 15, curtail the chief health officer’s powers.
They will give premier Dan Andrews authority to declare a pandemic and the health minister the role of issuing public health orders.
The crowd, which was comprised of children, the young and the elderly, brought the CBD to a standstill.
In St Kilda, a towering skeletal koala puppet called Blinky was the focal point of the Extinction Rebellion protest against inaction on climate change.
Earlier on Saturday, a series of skeletons clutching briefcases full of cash cycled from the CBD to St Kilda, expressing the perceived ‘failure’ of this week’s COP26 climate summit in Scotland, according to The Age.