Crowds are building in Melbourne’s CBD as they protest the state’s pandemic bill.
A slow march is beginning down Bourke Street with thousands of people in attendance.
Protesters are carrying signs that say “freedom” and wearing t-shirts with “my body, my choice” written on them as they march down the street.
Thousands of protesters are in Hyde Park as part of the “freedom rallies”
People have arrived with both carrying and draped in Australia and Eureka flags.
The protesters can also be heard chanting “freedom” along with the sound of drums.
9News reporter Airlie Walsh said many of the people in Sydney’s CBD are protesting vaccine mandates and previous lockdown measures.
The “freedom rallies” are expected to occur in major cities all around Australia, while counter-protests have also been planned.
Pro-vaccination protests have already begun in Brisbane CBD.
It is expected anti-vaccination protesters will also arrive in the city shortly.
Among the crowd, somebody carried a fake gallows with three nooses strung from it.
The crowd protested the Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (pandemic management) Bill 2021, which passed the lower house in October.
It comes as NSW recorded a drop in COVID-19 cases today, reporting 182 infections.
Victoria also saw a fall in cases, recording 1166 new COVID-19 cases.