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Thousands of Australians are planning to rally against coronavirus restrictions

Tens of thousands of Australians plan to take part in “Freedom Day” demonstrations against limits on coronavirus.

COVID sceptics are expressing their intention to protest mainly in Victoria-but with others expected elsewhere across Australia.

The date indicated in their calendars is the 5th of September.

Several Facebook events were set up, the one in Melbourne attracting the most interest.

An event titled “500,000 to End the Vic Lockdown & celebrate freedom!” Says people should march and demand the resignation of Daniel Andrews.

According to those registering interest on the page, their goal of having half-a-million attendees falls short around 440,000 people.

Victoria Police, however, say they are monitoring the protest and will hand out fines to those attending.

Andrews said he was also conscious of those considering attending, and discouraged them.

“It’s fundamentally wrong, irresponsible and unsafe for people to be protesting,” he told reporters.

“I would urge them and those close to them not to do that.

“That just doesn’t make any sense, that could just fritter away so much of the good work that we’ve done.”

Many protests in other Australian states and territories are expected but have failed to gain much traction.

The rally scheduled for Sydney’s Hyde Park has 80 people expressing their participation, while in South Australia a sister demonstration has 22 expected attendees.

It follows rallies of similar nature that took place earlier in the year, also against restrictions on lockdowns.

Another in May, outside the House of Parliament at Melbourne, ended with many arrests and fines.

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