About 200 protesters have marched from Footscray Park to the gates of the Flemington Racecourse to take a stand against the government’s actions on COVID-19.
The group has been seen carrying signs and bans that read, “Sack Dan” and “No vaccine passports” and chanter lines, including, “Save our future, save our children” and “Kill the bill”.
Police are keeping an eye on the crowd from the sidelines.
Meanwhile, police have made nine arrests as animal rights protesters gathered in front of the gates of Flemington to say “Nup to the Cup”.
According to police, two people stopped outside the racetrack around 10:10 a.m. with a load of manure.
Eight protesters then tried to chain themselves to the truck, a police spokesman said.
Everyone was arrested, as was the driver of the truck.
A woman was seen singing “Nup to the Cup” while lying on a road while police handcuffed her.
Other animal rights protesters have gathered for a picnic opposite the racetrack in Kensington’s Newmarket Reserve to peacefully take a stand against the iconic horse racing event.
In the event invitation, the organizers explained: “Our presence is important to demonstrate to racers and other passers-by that one can still feel good without participating in animal cruelty”.