Victoria Police did not reveal the crowd size but judging by pictures and videos on social media, thousands of demonstrators lined the streets of Melbourne's central business district (CBD) on Saturday, peacefully protesting the Victorian government's new, proposed pandemic powers and vaccine measures.
According to The Epoch Times, the proposed COVID law would give Premier Daniel Andrews "unprecedented power" to declare a pandemic and impose lockdowns. He would then be able to allow himself to dictate emergency powers for up to three months. There was no cap on how long the emergency powers could be extended.
In a liberal democracy, Australians have never seen this type of control in their lifetimes and are outraged. Today, the crowd chanted "kill the bill" and "sack Dan Andrews" as they brought parts of the CBD to a screeching halt by blocking roads and public transportation. Long lines of demonstrators stretched from the Victorian State Library to Parliament House in Spring Street.