Anti-mandate protesters camping in Exhibition Park have been warned they need to move on today after a day of disruption in the nation’s capital yesterday.
ACT Policing is ready to move the campers on today, Sunday, 13 February 2022, to allow preparation work for the Royal Canberra Show to get underway.
ACT Policing has been advised by the management of Exhibition Park (EPIC) that widespread camping at the site needs to cease today.
Organisers of the Royal Canberra Show say significant work needs to be carried out at the venue in the lead up to the event and it needs to be clear of people and equipment for this work to occur safely.
People who remain in EPIC after today may be considered trespassing.
The warning comes after a massive protest yesterday saw an estimated 10,000 protesters swarm the lawns of Parliament House, protesting COVID-19 vaccinations and mask mandates among a raft of other issues.
The message from the protesters was, at times, confusing, with calls for borders to be open, “kids to be protected”, and politicians to be sacked. There were also calls to remember fallen diggers and restore democracy, with some religious preaching and mystic elements thrown in for good measure.
Commonwealth Avenue, parts of Northbourne Avenue, and several adjacent roads were closed as the crowd made its way over the bridge and up to Parliament House yesterday. The Lifeline Canberra bookfair had to be abandoned and the Capital Region Farmers Market was dispersed due to the protests but police said the crowd was generally well behaved.
Canberrans are being encouraged to follow the ACT Government’s lead and donate to Lifeline Canberra to help make up for the shortfall in funds expected after this weekend’s fundraising event was abandoned.