Premier Mark McGowan has slammed Perth’s anti-lockdown protest, calling protesters extreme right-wingers who just wanted to cause trouble.
“What are they protesting about?” he said.
“I mean, we’re not in lockdown. We’re in a free community, free society. I think they’re just out there because they’re trying to cause trouble, they’re the sort of people who’d like to cause trouble.”
A large crown of more than 1000 people gathered in Forrest Place on Saturday to join national anti-lockdown protests, with the anti-vaccination sentiment running strong.
Some carried signs warning that some healthcare workers were also against COVID-19 vaccination.
Protesters took aim at the WA government’s move to make COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory for all health staff – including food providers – by the end of the year.
Mr McGowan said more occupations would require vaccination over time, as was occurring in New South Wales and Victoria.
“The alternative is when or if we get outbreaks, more people will get sick, and more people die, and our hospitals have more and more pressure applied,” he said.