Pro-choice advocates have gathered at a popular Melbourne dining strip to protest the state’s COVID vaccination rules that require proof of the jab before entry.
Stay-at-home orders were lifted for double-jabbed Victorians on Thursday, as the state reportedly hit 70 per cent vaccination coverage after more than 260 days in lockdown.
Dozens of demonstrators lined Acland street’s dining precinct in St Kilda for a sit-in picnic protest on Saturday, calling for an end to ‘vaccination segregation’:
The group claimed the protest was for ‘every day people who do not want to be outcast for refusing the COVID-19 vaccination’. A number of signs were present on the day:
Victoria police confirmed it was aware of planned protests in Melbourne on Saturday and had an increased police presence in the area. One man was arrested for not following guidelines:
Hospitality venues, retail stores and beauty salons are only allowed to cater to double-jabbed residents since lockdown was eased on Thursday.
Premier Dan Andrews took a bold stance promising that unvaccinated residents would not enjoy the same freedoms until ‘well into 2022’.
The fight for freedom continues in #OccupiedVictoria.
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