Dan Andrews has ripped off strips of ‘evil’ protesters who flooded Australian streets to protest Covid lockdowns.
Thousands of ‘Freedom Rally’ protesters took to the streets of Sydney and Melbourne on Saturday, despite both cities battling outbreaks of Delta tribes.
The outraged Melbourne Prime Minister was joined by NSW leader Gladys Berejiklian and Prime Minister Scott Morrison in sternly condemning participants.
Andrews mentioned the protests when he reported 11 new cases on Sunday, but eventually lost his cool before an epic rant when answering questions.
Pictured: Daniel Andrews giving a press conference. He beat down people who took part in the anti-lockdown protests
“Protesting this thing is just so wrong,” he told reporters.
“If you’re not convinced by me that the protest is, frankly, bad, go talk to the family of that poor woman who died . . . knocked down in the prime of her life.”
Andrews referred to a woman in her thirties with no underlying medical conditions who died on Saturday in Sydney as a result of Covid-19.
“We can’t vaccinate against selfishness, and these people should be ashamed, absolutely ashamed, it’s just wrong.”
He acknowledged that Melburnians who are securing their fifth lockdown since the start of the pandemic are frustrated, but said the protest was a “risk no one should take”.
“We’re not hugging these people,” he said, rejecting calls for more conciliatory language to reach incarcerated protesters and vaccine skeptics.
“Seriously, I don’t know what half of them are protesting about, but it’s illegal, it’s unsafe, it’s selfish and it jeopardizes the hard work of millions of other Victorians.
“It’s just wrong, and when they call it out for the horrible behavior it is, she insults them, hard. They’ll have to get over that.’
Pictured: Protesters clashed with police during the ‘World Wide Rally For Freedom’ anti-lockdown rally in
Thousands showed up in Sydney and Melbourne (pictured) demanding an end to the Covid-19 lockdowns
Some protesters took it upon themselves to set off smoke bombs during protests in Melbourne where six were arrested
Andrews also said he wasn’t sure if people were marching against Covid, the global world order or vaccines, but called the demonstration “no way to behave.”
“That’s self-indulgent, it’s selfish, it’s wrong, and the Victoria Police Department is keeping a close eye on everyone involved,” he said.
During the hour-long conference, Mr Andrews said the protest is unlikely to make any difference to the duration of the state lockdown.
But he said there was always a possibility that there was an undetected matter among the crowd and said no one had the right to “endanger anyone else.”
“Protests aren’t a smart thing to do, they’re wrong to do…let’s hope there wasn’t a case, let’s hope it didn’t bubble out of the net we cast, only to have a fundamentally selfish and illegal protest yesterday.” spread out,” he said.
When asked whether police lost control of the demonstration, Andrews said he would not comment on Victoria Police’s actions on an ongoing basis.
Police see pepper spray fired at protesters who are selfishly endangering others during recent Covid outbreak
Amid massive protests in Melbourne, Victoria’s lockdown could be extended, police warned after so-called ‘Freedom Day’ protesters chanted anti-vax slogans, blocked traffic and fired flares outside Parliament
Another man is seen on the ground after being tackled by police in Sydney as thousands gathered to demonstrate against the city’s lockdowns
A woman sobs as she is led out of Victoria Park by two police officers during violent protests in Sydney
He believed the police were doing their best, “but in the midst of a pandemic, when people intend to break the rules, be selfish, act in that horrible way, that’s very difficult.”
Police saw pepper spray fired at brawls in Melbourne and have since charged 17 people for violations of lockdown mandates.
Ms Berejiklian also condemned the violent scenes that marred the streets of Sydney’s CBD, where 3,500 people gathered.
“It broke my heart,” she said.
“Millions and millions of people in our state are doing the right thing, and it broke my heart that people had such contempt for their fellow citizens.”
The state leader said the demonstration could be a major setback in releasing Sydney from restrictions.
“But I am so disgusted, disappointed and heartbroken that people do not consider the safety and well-being of their fellow citizens,” she added.
New South Wales police have released footage of a protester allegedly hitting a horse named Tobruk, who they later confirmed was unharmed
With the help of his colleagues, the young officer tries to wipe off the ink spilled on his uniform and skin
Protesters were met by mounted police outside Sydney City Hall (pictured) with no group willing to back out
“All those people who have protested illegally undoubtedly have important loved ones. How would they feel if they went home in their daily lives and passed the disease on to their loved ones?’
So far 57 people who attended the rally have been charged, more than 500 infringement notices have been issued and a strike unit has been set up to identify others who attended.
As the chaos unfolded, protesters were filmed beating a police officer in a garden bed in front of the city hall station in the city’s CBD as officers attempted to make an arrest.
More arrests are likely.
Footage shows angry protesters attacking the police and throwing potted plants at officers on horseback.
Frenzied crowds heard shouting ‘you serve us!’ to police when a group of protesters were filmed as officers crashed into a garden bed in front of City Hall station.
Ms Berejiklian said those who do the wrong “should be ashamed of themselves”.
NSW Police Secretary David Elliott said police would not hesitate to call in more police to deal with future protests.
Pictured: Police detain a protester in Sydney amid major protests in the CBD on Saturday
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) also fired shots at angry Australians on Sunday
“Yesterday can’t happen anymore. So for anyone who thinks the NSW police will allow any illegal gathering, think again,” he said.
“The implementations we saw yesterday are only a fraction of what is available.
“I am delighted that more than 5,000 reports have been made to Crime Stoppers for members of the public,” he said.
“More importantly, more than 200 people have been identified so far and the police are currently following those people up to take appropriate action.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison also fired shots at angry Australians on Sunday.
‘Of course it was selfish. It was also self-destructing. It achieves no goal. It will not end the lockdown sooner,” he told reporters.
“It will only risk the lockdowns continuing… There were millions of Sydneysiders who stayed at home. They are the ones who are more likely to end the lockdown.’
Morrison said people at the protest were putting themselves and everyone around them at risk.
Former Liberal John Ruddick, who now serves as the Liberal Democrats in Warringah’s federal seat in Sydney, wrote on Twiiter that he was at the rally on Saturday.
“I just had two polite police officers knock on my door to advise that I be fined $1,000 for attending the Sydney Freedom Rally,” he tweeted on Sunday. “No problem – I’ll frame it and hang it on the wall.”
Elliott called Ruddick and others “political wannabes” trying to use Saturday’s protest to make a name for themselves.
“It’s disappointing that someone who wants to go to higher public office gets involved in a violent protest and then brags about it,” he said.
‘That is very disappointing. I think those individuals should consider whether they are fit for public office.’