Thousands of people took to the streets of Melbourne’s CBD today to rally against the Abbott government.
March in March saw environmentalists, human rights activists, children, unionists, taxi drivers and students take part in peaceful protests across the country.
Listen to Sarah Garnham, Education Officer of the National Union of Students, speak at the protest.
“Its not like anyone’s going to get thrown out,” said Matt Quinn, a participant in the march. “But the best that you could hope for is that the current government change their bloody tactics.”
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a small group of people with no affiliation to political ogranisations. Social media played a key role in advertising the national rallies, with “#MarchInMarch” quickly trending on Twitter.
Melbourne’s march began on the steps of the State Library, where the crowd heard from several speakers on education cuts, Indigenous affairs and union movements. The crowd then moved through the CBD to Treasury gardens, where they gathered to hear from more speakers.
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There was a light police presence at the event, mainly to direct traffic away from marchers.
“It’s bringing together so many people across so many movements,” said one marcher. “But its feels a bit like Occupy, in that everyone’s very anti-everything, but they’re not pro-anything.”
While there was widespread criticism of the government as a whole, particular vitriol was reserved for the Prime Minister himself.
“He’s the face of it, but I still think the whole lot of them are very dangerous,” said Matt. “He’s a bit the same as George Bush—if it wasn’t so serious, he would be hilarious.”
By Eloise Florence