An anti-vax display has been torn down after being set up just meters from where an Anzac Day Dawn Service is to be held.
The display, dubbed ‘Forest of the Fallen’, was set up on Sunday at the Sturt Reserve near Murray Bridge, South Australia.
The memorial claimed to show photos and information of people who suffered medical injuries or died after receiving the Covid vaccine.
The display was set up just 400 meters away from where an Anzac Day Dawn Service will be held on Tuesday.
Several memorials have been erected across the country and some have drawn criticism after one person was forced to reassure friends and family that he was alive after his photo was used on one of the posters.
A Facebook post featuring the ‘Forest of the Fallen’ anti-vaxxer protest signs set up on a reservation in the South American town of Murray Bridge, near where the Anzac Day Dawn Service will be held
The signs posted at Murray Bridge were removed just hours after they were posted, following backlash.
Rural City of Murray Bridge chief executive officer Michael Sedgman said he was not aware of the anti-vax protest and that it was not authorized.
He told told The advertiser council would work to ensure that the Anzac Day service was not disrupted on Tuesday.
Murray Bridge Mayor Wayne Thorley said he respected the right to express an opinion but warned that Anzac Day should not be ‘hijacked’.
“Anzac Day is about people who have served in the military and their fallen comrades… I don’t think this should be the area and focus for other issues,” Mr Thorley said.
Similar Forest of the Fallen displays have been put up nationwide by those who claim the Covid vaccines have caused widespread deaths and injuries.
In March, a Forest of the Fallen was set up on Adelaide’s Christies Beach and the organizer, calling her only Lorraine, explained its purpose in a YouTube video.
She said it was “a reflection of injuries and deaths related to Australia’s Covid-19 vaccines.”
We give a voice to the silent. These people are very grateful that we are now telling their story publicly,” she said.
Lorraine explained that there are signs at the front that remember the dead.
“We put a flower on each of the dead and we hold a minute’s silence as a mark of respect in the morning after we put on the screening,” she said.
One of the people on the boards is Barclay McGain, a conservative student activist who is studying at the University of Queensland.
He was forced to come forward and reassure his friends and family that he was alive, fearing that the sign would lead some to believe that he had actually died.
“I just wanted to say, despite the wishes of some people no doubt, that I’m not really dead yet,” he wrote on Facebook.
“Actually, I’m actually doing pretty well at the moment — fine, happy, and capable.
This Forest of the Fallen anti-vax display was set up at Christies Beach in Adelaide in March
The anti-vaxxer protest was held 400 meters from the site of an Anzac Day service that was to be held on Tuesday (stock image)
‘If I were dead I’d hope I wasn’t randomly buried somewhere in South Australia, but I suppose you can’t pick these things either, can you?
“Anyway, I thought I’d make that clear, cheers!”
McGain, 23, told Daily Mail Australia his post was a bit tongue in cheek.
“I don’t think people really thought I was dead,” he said. “When I hear that term ‘fallen soldier’, I think someone has died.”
Mr McGain said he had had myopericarditis, which involves inflammation of the heart muscle and increases the risk of a heart attack, after receiving his second Pfizer injection in December 2021.
He said it has been certified by doctors as a vaccine injury and he has to go to Brisbane’s Mater Hospital for monthly checks and the condition forced him to retire from sports in 2022.
Australia’s vaccine watchdog Therapeutic Goods Administration has assured residents’ vaccines are safe.
Side effects to the vaccine are rare, occurring about every two out of every 1,000 shots.
According to a June 2022 report, there were eight deaths in Australia confirmed to be caused by a blood clotting disorder after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Of the 64.4 million Covid vaccine doses administered across Australia, only 137,210 adverse events have been reported to the TGA.
The majority of patients experienced mild symptoms such as fever, headache and sore arm that did not require medical attention or were even caused by the jab.
Daily Mail Australia reached out to Murray Bridge City Council and organizers of the Forest of the Fallen protest for comment.
Forest of the Fallen protest organizer Lorraine said the signs “give a voice to the silent”