Around 13,000 protesters have rallied in Brisbane today against the Abbott government, in one of the biggest protests to hit the state in many years. A sea of passionate people flooded through the streets of Brisbane, expressing the notion that they are fed up with the current Prime Minister and his policies.
The ‘March in March’ national protests stormed the country today – with 28 respective cities and regions following suite from yesterday’s strong beginnings – with 110,000 in total by the end of the day (not including Canberra). Promoters have labeled the demonstrations a major success, despite the lack of promotion or coverage from the mainstream establishment.
In Brisbane, many civil liberties groups, political affiliates and concerned citizen networks stood together – despite many ideological differences – to voice there opposition to a number of Abbott and Newman policies. Such groups had a non-partisan approach, but were united in defiance of the Liberal Party. ***
Some of the topics addressed included: Refugees, the Great Barrier Reef, Climate Change, Internet privacy, the newly introduced VLAD laws, Education cuts, Medicare attacks, media control, asset sales and many many more.
An estimated 20-minute wait was needed to see the march from start to finish, as thousands began chanting, cheering, and bullhorning under the hot Brisbane sun – making a quick stop at Queensland Parliament House on the way to send current Premier, Campbell Newman a strong message of no confidence.
Special guests at the event included Greens Senator Larissa Waters and Queensland Labor frontbencher MP Jo-Ann Miller. There were also a number of speakers and performers beforehand and following the conclusion of the rally.
Event organiser Matt Donovan spoke to the crowd to denounce both Abbott and Newman policies, and received significant support from the crowd to begin proceedings in Queens Park.
“No matter how many times you parrot that lie, we will keep reminding you,” he told the crowd.
“I know many of you protesters are here, in fact, to protest the arrogant, despotic, far-right, authoritarian, self-serving, bully-boy government and the police state he has created,” Mr Donovan said in relation to Campbell Newman.
Many other supporters expressed their support online, including the man responsible for the now-viral ‘Welcome to WA’ parliamentary video addressed to Tony Abbott, Senator Scott Ludlam. In a statement he said:
“Today thousands of Australians have stood up and made a statement: yes to strong climate action, education funding, digital privacy & compassion for our most vulnerable. ”
“Today is the day we fight back – in the Parliament, on the internet, and in our communities. Enough is enough.
In response to the ‘March in March’ nation-wide demonstrations, Tony Abbott responded during a press conference today with NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell for a the Sydney’s NorthConnex tunnel:
“My understanding is that the only big rally in Sydney is the St Patrick’s Day parade,” Mr Abbott said.
“That is the big event in Sydney today. I wish all of them well.”
Below are a couple of shots from the demonstration:
Canberra is set to March tomorrow, March 17th and organisers are confident that the nation’s capital will not disappoint in living up to the standard left by predecessor cities around the country.
You can view hundreds of multimedia-related content by searching the Hashtag #MarchInMarch on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!
Note: 13,000 is a confirmed number from many sources, including the organisers at one point. However, some do believe there may have been upwards of 18 – 20,000 people present during the march.
*** Although marching against the Abbott government, by no means was this event an endorsement of the Labor Party or any other political affiliates/ideologies/policies. The general reception was that any political party enforcing such policies would also be opposed by the Brisbane public.
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