Anti-vax and anti-lockdown demonstrations at Glen Waverly were quickly crushed by law enforcement who quickly moved in and made several arrests.
Concurrent rallies were also held at Campbellfield Plaza Carpark and the Glen Shopping Centre Carpark with meeting points announced on Telegram.
Telegram has been used by protesters to organise the major protests seen in Melbourne last month which saw thousands gather to protest sweeping lockdown and vaccine measures.
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The Telegram group which organised this Saturday’s demonstrations has around 8,000 subscribers.
“If you need an excuse, you’re shopping within your 15km,” the post read.
Children also attended the rally with one holding a sign saying “I want to live. Don’t kill me” alongside a group of protesters.
Some people wore matching t-shirts emblazoned with the words “nurse coercion is not informed consent” and “#ReclaimTheLine”.
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Police were prepared for the rallies and were seen checking ID at Campbellfield Plaza ahead of the roadside protest scheduled to start at midday.
Telegram urged the “roadside rebels” to “wear white to unite” and later messages urged protesters to move demonstrations to Eastland Shopping Centre and Epping Plaza in a bid to escape police.
This comes after a senior Police Officer from Victoria quit over the state’s COVID-19 response and argued the “great majority” of police don’t believe in the orders they are enforcing.
Acting Senior Sergeant Krystle Mitchell resigned on Friday after 16 years of service, speaking out against the Andrews government’s health measures.
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“All of my friends that are police officers that are working the front line and are suffering every day enforcing CHO directions, that certainly the great majority don’t believe in and don’t want to enforce,” she said.
A review into the police response during violent protests in Melbourne last month has revealed tactical shortcomings and concerns about inadequate training.

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