Australia COVID protests LIVE: Demonstrations to take place across Sydney, Melbourne

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  • Police hunt protesters who lit flares and damaged buildings as Victoria records 1252 cases, five deaths
  • Anti-lockdown activists spreading dangerous ‘lies’ about COVID response in Indigenous communities
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Police hunt protesters who lit flares and damaged buildings as Victoria records 1252 cases, five deaths

Police are searching for protesters who lit flares, threw objects at police and damaged buildings during demonstrations against vaccine mandates after Victoria recorded 1252 new coronavirus cases and five deaths from the virus on Saturday.

Victoria Police said that on September 18 at 1pm, an unknown male set off a flare towards police officers during a protest on Bridge Road in Richmond.

Protests outside the CFMEU on September 23. Credit:Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

Another man sought by police launched a firework towards officers during demonstrations on top of the West Gate Bridge in Melbourne on September 21.

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Anti-lockdown activists spreading dangerous ‘lies’ about COVID response in Indigenous communities

Victoria’s anti-lockdown campaigners are spreading misinformation that people, including children, in Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory are being forcibly detained by the defence force and coerced into receiving the COVID-19 vaccines.

The claims have been rejected by Indigenous health services and workers in the Northern Territory, the army, and both sides of politics, who say the misinformation is dangerous at the time they are in the “biggest fight of our lives” against the pandemic.

The COVID outbreak in Northern Territory Indigenous communities is still growing.Credit:Krystle Wright

Northern Territory communities of Greater Katherine and Robinson River went into lockdown on November 15 as an outbreak, which now numbers 52 cases, spreading in Indigenous communities.

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Good morning

G’day everyone. I’m Roy Ward and welcome to today’s live blog as we keep watch on the continuing anti-lockdown protests in Melbourne and Sydney today.

In Victoria, protesters are again denouncing the state government’s pandemic bill while anti-lockdown protesters in Sydney also plan to rally.

Please feel free to leave a comment on the blog and enjoy the hours to come.

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