Melbourne Cup 2021 protest: Anti-vax, -Daniel Andrews demonstrators descend on Flemington

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Hundreds of protesters rally against Daniel Andrews’ ‘pandemic power grab’ at the Melbourne Cup

  • Protest at Flemington Racecourse rails against Victoria’s new pandemic laws 
  • The anti-Dan Andrew protest followed an earlier animal rights protest
  • Today’s Melbourne Cup has become a target for Victorian protest groups 


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Hundreds of protesters have rallied against Dan Andrews’ new pandemic laws at the Melbourne Cup near the gates of Flemington racecourse. 

Victorians would face huge fines of $90,870 by breaking the rules by taking off their masks or leaving homes for a non-authorised reason under the proposal, with heftier fines for more serious instances. 

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The laws are expected to pass the state Parliament later this month.

The protest comes as animal rights groups also protested outside the ‘race that stops the nation’.  

Protesters holding signs saying 'Kill The Bill' chant slogans near Flemington Racecourse

Protesters holding signs saying ‘Kill The Bill’ chant slogans near Flemington Racecourse

Racing enthusiast Andrew Hawkins captured the protest next to Hill Gate at Flemington as a large crowd marched behind banners and poster chanting, ‘No vaccine passport, no vaccine passport.’

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‘Got caught up in an anti-Covid and anti-Dan Andrews protest outside the Hill Gate at Flemington,’ Hawkins Tweeted. 

The group of a few hundred people also carried signs and banners read, ‘Sack Dan’ and ‘Kill the Bill’, while chanting ‘Save our future, save our children’. 

The crowd waved Australian and Southern Cross flags as they stopped outside the course after marching from Footscray Park. 

Earlier, police made nine arrests after animal rights protesters chained themselves to a truck that had delivered a load of manure opposite the racecourse entrance.

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Protesting the spate of horse deaths in the Cup in recent years, protestors chanted ‘Nup to the Cup’. 

On Tuesday morning police made nine arrests after animal rights protesters chained themselves to a truck that had delivered a load of manure opposite the Flemington Racecourse entrance

On Tuesday morning police made nine arrests after animal rights protesters chained themselves to a truck that had delivered a load of manure opposite the Flemington Racecourse entrance

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