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Large vaccine mandate protest expected in Canberra on Saturday

More vaccine mandate protests are expected over the next two days in Canberra with a large scale event planned for Saturday morning.

MP Craig Kelly is among those on social media promoting Saturday’s protest event at Parliament House that begins at 11am.

  

Protesters also plan to demonstrate at the ‘Superhero Saturday‘ event at the vaccination clinic at the AIS.

ACT Policing advises that small short disruptions are occurring – often with protestors travelling in convoy from one location to the next. Disruptions to roads, paths, open spaces and public and private offices across the ACT may occur.   

Roads near Parliament House may be subject to traffic control measures and people are urged to obey the directions of traffic controllers.   

The organised protest activity on Saturday morning is expected to affect Commonwealth Avenue with motorists advised to avoid the area. 

Events at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) including the Lifeline Bookfair and the Capital Region Farmers Markets are proceeding as planned. Visitors should consider using public transport if possible as parking is currently limited at EPIC.   

ACT Policing recognises the rights of people to peacefully protest; should any illegal actions take place, the people responsible will be dealt with in accordance with the law.  

Earlier this week, Commander Linda Champion from ACT Policing said the protesters had largely behaved well.

“The crowd have been generally well-behaved and peaceful,” she told reporters in Canberra.

“We’re putting every resource we can towards these protesters and their activities throughout the week.”

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr disagreed with Commander Champion and instead condemned the protesters for “stalking our city, harassing business owners and residents and aggressively flouting the law”.

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