Shocking signs on show as protesters march across Australia during ‘freedom’ rallies

Ryan YoungNCA NewsWire
Thousands marched from Strathfield to Burwood in Sydney. NCA NewsWire /Gaye Gerard
Camera IconThousands marched from Strathfield to Burwood in Sydney. NCA NewsWire /Gaye Gerard Credit: News Corp Australia

Swastika signs and an effigy of a schoolgirl in a coffin with a vaccine in her arm were on show on Saturday as thousands of protesters rallied against COVID lockdowns and vaccines.

Protesters swarmed Perth CBD and other capital cities and regional centres including Broome, Newcastle, Cairns and Mt Gambier as part of a so-called “worldwide rally for freedom”.

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Camera IconThe rally winds its way through Melbourne city streets. NCA NewsWire / David Crosling Credit: News Corp Australia

The Melbourne event attracted the biggest crowd, with more than 5000 people walking from Parliament House through the CBD to Carlton Gardens.

Signs with slogans such as “my body my choice”, “save our children”, “free Victoria”, “fake news”, “be fab stop the jab” and “unvaxxed sperm is the next bitcoin” dominated the streetscape as traffic came to a standstill.

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Camera IconOne of the signs on display at the Melbourne rally. NCA NewsWire / David Crosling Credit: News Corp Australia

Disturbingly, one man was spotted marching with a sign showing a white swastika placed over a black mask.

Another person held what appeared to be a small coffin with “Aussie Kid 2017-22 RIP” written on it.

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Camera IconA Melbourne protester with a sign of a swastika on a mask. Photo: NCA NewsWire / David Crosling Credit: News Corp Australia

Inside the coffin was a Barbie doll dressed as a schoolgirl, wearing a mask emblazoned with the word “killed”, while a needle labelled “vaccine” hung from her arm.

In a video posted to social media, protesters chided onlookers who were wearing masks, yelling “take off your mask”.

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Camera IconThousands marched from Strathfield to Burwood in Sydney. NCA NewsWire /Gaye Gerard Credit: News Corp Australia

Outside Victoria Police headquarters, protesters chanted “you serve us”, blew whistles and yelled “freedom” as a line of police stared them down.

The crowd was more subdued in Sydney, where an estimated 2000 protesters gathered at Strathfield train station and walked to Burwood Park where numerous speakers, including controversial United Australia Party leader Craig Kelly, addressed the audience.

Protesters were spotted with signs that said “wake up Australia”, “we don’t need no vaccination”, while one woman in a Donald Trump hat smiled as she held a sign saying “stop medical apartheid, shame on you Merrylands RSL”.

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Camera IconProtesters at the Sydney freedom rally. NCA NewsWire /Gaye Gerard Credit: News Corp Australia

Police were out in force at the rallies, however spokeswomen from Victoria and NSW Police said no arrests had been made on Saturday afternoon.

Officers continued to maintain a presence as crowds dispersed.

Originally published as Shocking signs on show as protesters march across Australia during ‘freedom’ rallies

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