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As Canberra enters a new week, anti-vaccine protesters demanding an end to COVID-19 mandates and the resignation of parliament have no intention of slowing down. As part of a renewed effort to legitimize their grievances and overthrow the government, the group has called on 5 million supporters to converge on Canberra in the coming weeks. It comes after crowds swelled from hundreds, as part of a ‘Millions Against Mandatory Vaccination’ protest, to at least 1,000 on Saturday. Although the protesters’ plans for the coming week are unclear, The Canberra Times understands that more people are expected to arrive over the next few days with the intention of causing as much disruption as possible in the capital. It is understood the group intends to stay in Canberra until at least Tuesday February 8, when the Federal Parliament returns for its first sitting week of the year. On Saturday, a sea of ​​flags could be seen on the lawns of Parliament as the group gathered for their biggest rally yet. The crowd came from the Old Houses of Parliament after driving a convoy and marching from Glebe Park. United Australia Party leader Craig Kelly and Liberal national MP George Christensen, who have regularly launched anti-vaccine conspiracies online, were present at the rally ahead of the next fortnight in parliament. Mr. Christensen and Liberal Senator Gerard Rennick, who have threatened to block his own government’s legislation on vaccination mandates, were named as politicians likely to address the crowd over the next few days. Senator Rennick did not respond to The Canberra Times when asked about his intentions on Friday evening. Crowds were also told that 5 million protesters are expected to descend on Canberra within weeks to overthrow the government. READ MORE: During the protest, a truck driver jackknifed his vehicle on State Circle to stop traffic as protesters drove past a single police officer to close in. The police cleared the area and allowed the truck driver to leave. The movement is incredibly broad and includes anti-vaccines, sovereign citizens, Indigenous rights activists and evangelical Christians. But the crowd has two common demands: an end to vaccination mandates; and the resignation of Australian political leaders. While far-right groups were present, including The Proud Boys who were masked to hide their identities, they were not the majority. Former Qantas pilot Graham Hood, a spokesman for the anti-vaccination movement accused of spreading misinformation, addressed the crowd, saying the government had no legal authority over the country. “If they’re not going to be heard in this [Parliament House], they come out to be heard by you. This is going to impress others who are sitting in the swill,” he said. Although there was a heavy police presence during the protest, the situation remained peaceful. Via a microphone and a platform set up outside Parliament, leaders urged crowds to respect the police and not approach the Aboriginal tent embassy. The protest group first arrived in Canberra on Monday and held various rallies across the region before things turned sour on Wednesday and three people were arrested. Our reporters 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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Anti-vax protesters in Canberra on Saturday.

As Canberra enters a new week, anti-vaccine protesters demanding an end to COVID-19 mandates and the resignation of parliament have no intention of slowing down.

As part of a renewed effort to legitimize their grievances and overthrow the government, the group has called on 5 million supporters to converge on Canberra in the coming weeks. It comes after crowds swelled from hundreds, as part of a ‘Millions Against Mandatory Vaccination’ protest, to at least 1,000 on Saturday.

While the protesters’ plans for the coming week are unclear, Canberra time understands that more people are expected to arrive over the next few days with the intention of causing as much disruption as possible in the capital.

It is understood the group intends to stay in Canberra until at least Tuesday February 8, when the Federal Parliament returns for its first sitting week of the year.

On Saturday, a sea of ​​flags could be seen on the lawns of Parliament as the group gathered for their biggest rally yet. The crowd came from the Old Houses of Parliament after driving a convoy and marching from Glebe Park.

United Australia Party leader Craig Kelly and Liberal national MP George Christensen, who have regularly launched anti-vaccine conspiracies online, were present at the rally ahead of the next fortnight in parliament.

Senator Rennick did not respond to Canberra time when asked about his intentions Friday night. Crowds were also told that 5 million protesters are expected to descend on Canberra within weeks to overthrow the government.

The movement is incredibly broad and includes anti-vaccines, sovereign citizens, Indigenous rights activists and evangelical Christians. But the crowd has two common demands: an end to vaccination mandates; and the resignation of Australian political leaders.

While far-right groups were present, including The Proud Boys who were masked to hide their identities, they were not the majority.

Former Qantas pilot Graham Hood, a spokesman for the anti-vaccination movement accused of spreading misinformation, addressed the crowd, saying the government had no legal authority over the country.

Anti-vax protesters gather outside Parliament on Saturday.  Photo: Karleen Minney

Anti-vax protesters gather outside Parliament on Saturday. Photo: Karleen Minney

“If they’re not going to be heard in this [Parliament House], they come out to be heard by you. It’s going to impress others who are sitting in the swill,” he said.

Although there was a heavy police presence during the protest, the situation remained peaceful. Via a microphone and a platform set up outside Parliament, leaders urged crowds to respect the police and not approach the Aboriginal tent embassy.

Our reporters 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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