Freedom protesters have congregated on the New South Wales and Queensland border for an anti-lockdown rally, following increasingly difficult restrictions for residents in the border bubble.
An estimated 2,000 residents, including a man riding a horse, stood on both sides of the border in the coastal town of Coolangatta, to object current guidelines in the area.
Despite being warned not to congregate, the protest began at midday with protestors shouting “who do you work for?” at police officers. They also chanted for unity:
A man was seen riding a horse up and down a street in front of the crowd shouting, “cross the border. Everyone cross the border, they can’t hold all of us”.
Multiple arrests were made at first, as roughly 50 police officers monitored the peaceful crowd.
A local from the Tweed area told ABC News the lockdown would be the “end of democracy”.
“It’s a direct attack on my freedom of liberty, freedom to move,” he said.
“This will be the break-up of the Commonwealth of Australia, it will be the fragmentation of Australia into disparate, fighting, disputing groups and the end of democracy as we know it.”
The crowd was heard repeatedly chanting “you work for us” while a plane flew over the protest with a trailing banner reading, “Tweed zero cases. Why lockdown insanity?”.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles openly criticised those who participated in a similar protest on Saturday calling the protest “shameful and reckless”.
“That’s not the kind of behaviour Queenslanders do, it’s very un-Queensland like,” he said.
The border protest follows similar protests in Melbourne and Sydney as residents gathered in defiance of the state-wide lockdowns.
Our friends at Aussie Beach TV had on-the-ground coverage of the day, including an interview. See their Facebook page by clicking here.
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