ACT Policing begins to act on anti-vaccine protesters | Canberra time

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Police began removing tents from an illegal anti-vaccine mandate protest camp after issuing a warning on Friday morning. About 100 police, including a specialist task force and the Australian Federal Police, converged on the site and began removing garlands, tents and chairs. So far, one vehicle has been towed and approximately 12 cars have voluntarily left the site. The caged vehicles have started to move into place as tensions between police and protesters continue. On Friday morning, police issued a warning that illegal camping gear and illegally parked vehicles at the site set up on the lawns behind the National Library would be removed. They urge locals to move their equipment and vehicles when asked to do so. Objects that are not moved can be seized by the police. Police issued the warning to campers at 7.30am after scenes deteriorated on Wednesday after a woman allegedly obstructed a police officer’s path and appeared to be pushed aside slightly. Three people were arrested and faced charges. Protesters arrived on Monday with movement leaders saying they planned to “hold the line” and remain at the site until at least next week. A police presence at the entrance to the camp was maintained for most of Thursday with officers forming a line to prevent other vehicles from entering the site. The Canberra Times understands that the group – part of an international Millions March Against Mandatory Vaccination movement – ​​plan to remain in the nation’s capital until at least February 8, when Parliament returns for its first sitting week of the year. The group is a loosely structured coalition of the anti-vaccination movement, religious groups, and other fringe and conspiratorial ideological groups. Police are urging area residents to move their equipment and vehicles when asked to do so. ACT Police have confirmed that peaceful protests in the Parliamentary Triangle are permitted, but unauthorized camping and parking are not. 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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