Anti-vaccine mandate protesters shout rallying cry for Saturday protest | Canberra time

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Protest organizers both in the ACT and across the border appear determined to encourage a rally in Canberra this Saturday, with supporters increasingly asserting their intention to return. Two separate rally plans have started circulating on social media, signaling two separate protests planned for next weekend. With the few people who have not returned home now separated into small groups in the ACT and New South Wales, the possibility of a mass return to Canberra on Saturday seems unlikely. ACT Police have warned the public that some road closures and diversions may be required. In a statement on Thursday, police said residents of Canberra would be notified if they were aware of any plans for significant protest activity. Josh Roose of Deakin University is an expert on violent extremism. He said a small gathering in Canberra on Saturday looks likely. Dr Roose said leaders of the movement, like former special forces officer Riccardo Bosi, were working hard to prevent protest fatigue from setting in. “They are using a misinformation campaign to grow the movement and encourage people to come,” he said. “The numbers are basically inflated for the purpose of building momentum.” Mr Bosi claimed three million people attended Saturday’s march to parliament, accusing the mainstream media, police and government of trying to downplay his support. Dr Roose said that with official estimates for the march ranging from 10,000 to 20,000, protesters were still a marginal minority. ALSO READ: ‘What we’ve seen in this movement is that the momentum comes and goes,’ he said. “If you look at the number of members of some of these groups online and the different groups that appear, we are talking about less than 20,000. “That grew exponentially during the September and October protests in Melbourne and Sydney, but it has remained fairly stable even during recent protests in Canberra. Dr Roose said the high vaccination rates, nearly 100% in Canberra and 95% in the rest of the country, were proof that protesters against the vaccination mandate were still a minority. “At most, we’re talking about a million people who might have some sort of opposition,” he said. “And we see 10 or 20,000 of those people demonstrating and making a lot of noise.” journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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