Sky News – Thousands of anti-vaccination protesters have gathered in the Australian Capital Territory to demand “freedom” and no more COVID-19 jab mandates.
The demonstrators, who have travelled to the nation’s capital from across the country, marched from Canberra’s Glebe Park to Old Parliament house on Saturday.
Locals were advised to avoid the area due to the protest and traffic delays.
Protesters displayed Australian flags and placards reading “no vaccine mandate” as they marched. Speeches were given at Old Parliament House and the crowd sang along to I am Australian.
The protest comes after ACT Policing ramped up its response to anti-vaccination protesters camped out in front of the National Library of Australia.
Local officers, along with additional resources from the Australian Federal Police, began moving equipment and illegally parked vehicles from the Patrick White Lawns on Friday morning.
The protesters descended on the grass this week as part of the “Convoy to Canberra” movement, objecting vaccine mandates and coronavirus restrictions.
The National Capital Authority on Wednesday requested ACT Police enforce legislation prohibiting illegal camping and parking at the lawns adjacent to the library.
Officers attended the grass on Wednesday and informed campers both verbally and via printed material that they are in breach of legislation.
ACT Police added that protesting in the Parliamentary Triangle is permitted, however camping and parking without authority is not.