Melbourne protesters finally admit defeat in secret Telegram messages after days of violence – but organisers pat themselves on the back saying ‘we made history’
- Protestors in Melbourne have declared this week’s conduct was history making
- But in secret Telegram messages anti-vax protest organisers admitted defeat
- Police have pledged to continue to arrest protesters for breaching health orders
- Melbourne was rocked by a week of protests sparked by construction workers
Defiant anti-lockdown protestors in Melbourne have finally conceded defeat following close to a week of chaos in the CBD.
Secret Telegram messages seen by Daily Mail Australia from a group run by key organisers of the demonstrations thank those involved but admit the week ended in a loss.
‘We want you to know we are so proud of everyone in our community, new and old, for their bravery to stand up for their rights in the face of such adversity,’ the message read.
‘Don’t ever forget that we made history that day.
Telegram messages seen by Daily Mail Australia from the Freedom Melbourne Rally group run by key organisers of the demonstrations thank those involved but admit the week ended in a loss
‘You don’t have to win every battle to win the war. Truth always wins in the end.
‘We give our sincerest thanks to everyone who showed up over the last week in defence of freedom.
‘In the long way to reclaim our rights, we will inevitably suffer losses. Today was one of those days where we were outnumbered and unsuccessful in coming together.’
The violent scenes in Melbourne kicked off on Monday when construction workers angry about vaccination mandates mobbed a union office in the CBD.
Hours later Premier Dan Andrews announced he was shutting down Victoria’s $22billion construction industry for two weeks from September 21.
The closure across Metropolitan Melbourne, Geelong, the Surf Coast, Ballarat and Mitchell Shire further angered workers, who marched through the city and clashed with police.
On Tuesday, seething anti-vaxxer protesters chased police and pelted squad cars with cans as rallies on the streets of Melbourne descended into chaos yet again.
Footage showed tradesmen in hi-vis clothing kicking police cars in the CBD as thousands of demonstrators gathered outside Victoria’s Parliament House.
A Channel 7 TV reporter covering the march was assaulted by a protester and also had bags filled with urine thrown at him.
By the end of the working week, the protests were smaller in numbers in Melbourne – but arrests still followed (pictured, a woman talking to police at All Nations Park in Northcote)
Tensions have been high all week in Melbourne’s CBD, with residents protesting mandatory vaccinations for building sector workers (pictured)
The riot squad (pictured) were called in this week as the protest took a violent turn in Melbourne’s CBD
Thousands of construction workers and anti-vaxxers took to the streets – many of them distraught after tradesman Stipe Lijovic took his own life at a construction site earlier in the day.
Demonstrators then marched to block the West Gate Bridge – a major freeway into Melbourne’s CBD – which brought traffic to a standstill during peak hour.
Wednesday saw yet another protest, with one man later hospitalised with Covid symptoms after attending the rally.
By the end of the working week, protest numbers had reduced – but case numbers in Victoria are surging.
The state recorded 733 new, locally acquired cases and one death, a woman in her 80s, from Melbourne’s northern suburbs.
Friday also saw more than 200 people arrested following unlawful protest activity in Melbourne’s CBD and inner north.
Riot police were deployed at Northcote Plaza and All Nations Park in Northcote on Friday (pictured) during a major police operation to disrupt another lockdown protest
The protest in Northcote on Friday saw 31 arrests, with other people also spoken to by police (pictured)