Hundreds of angry Australians flood state parliaments in silent protest as frustrations over endless lockdowns flare
- Protest groups have been seen outside government buildings in Australia
- Residents protest against lockdowns and vaccine mandates
Hundreds of Australians have unleashed a series of silent protests across the country against state governments.
There have been demonstrations across Sydney on Tuesday, as well as in Lismore in northern New South Wales, Lake Macquarie, the Gold Coast and Brisbane.
A series of protest groups have declared August 31 as ‘Shut Down Australia’ day, with demonstrations outside several government offices and police stations.
Many unmasked residents complain about the endless lockdown, while others have expressed anger at the Covid-19 vaccination mandates.
The silent protesters have met large groups of police, many of whom have been taken away in handcuffs for violating public health regulations.
A protester in Sydney is being handcuffed by police on Tuesday
Police speak to a group of unmasked Sydneysiders during a silent protest on Macquarie Street
A man laughs as he is handcuffed by police during a silent protest in Sydney
As many as 50 people were seen outside the Sutherland Shire Council building in Sutherland, South Sydney, on Tuesday morning.
The police quickly arrived and had to disperse the growing crowd.
Similar scenes were seen in Sydney’s CBD and to the east with a silent protest also taking place in Waverley.
In Queensland, which is not under lockdown restrictions, hundreds were gathered outside the Gold Coast Council Chambers.
Frustrated residents called on the government to roll back vaccination requirements for essential workers.
Many stood with their backs to the board and stared at the ground in silence.
Meanwhile, the Queensland state parliament building was completely shut down due to the mass of protesters gathered outside.
A series of protest groups have declared August 31 as ‘Shut Down Australia’ Day, with demonstrations at government offices across the country
Police see a protester take away during the silent demonstration in Sydney on Tuesday
A woman is seen in the back of a paddy wagon after silent protests in Australia on Tuesday (pictured in Sydney)
Hundreds gathered outside the Gold Coast Council Chambers building on Tuesday to protest Queensland’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate
Pictured are Gold Coast residents with their backs to council chambers
At least one protester had tried to enter the room.
The protest followed a fiery start to Question Time in which Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk was forced to defend the decision to fly NRL WAGS and officials to Queensland yesterday afternoon.
Speaker Curtis Pitt said the protest related to the voluntary death legislation, which will be debated by the Queensland Parliament this week.
A small, peaceful protest by those opposed to the euthanasia bill is believed to have been joined by those protesting ‘vaccination passports’, including Queensland’s recent introduction of a rule requiring essential workers entering the state from NSW to carry one injection of a Covid vaccine.
Police told the speaker that there had been “an attempted break-in at the police station.”
Members were not allowed in or out of the room, and no arrests have yet been made.