Anti-vaccination protests held all over Australia
Several thousand people have joined anti-vaccination protests across Australia, ahead of the country rolling out its coronavirus inoculation program next week. The Melbourne event attracted about 500 people at Fawkner Park in South Yarra. It started peacefully with speakers expressing their opposition to the vaccine and criticising Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.
Protests were held in cities including Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, with participants chanting slogans like: “My body, my choice.” Australia’s medical regulator earlier this week also granted provisional approval for the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, which is expected to be rolled out next month.
Both vaccines have undergone extensive safety checks and are already being used in several countries. he rallies on Saturday were joined by a few thousand people in total. In Melbourne, some protesters clashed with police, who used pepper spray and made several arrests. “I don’t care, you want the vaccine, take the vaccine but don’t force me to take it,” one protester said.