A rowdy group of anti-vaccination protesters led by a former Neighbours star have filmed the dramatic moment they descended on a Melbourne Salvation Army store and began screaming at staff.
The group’s maskless leader, Damien Richardson, best known for playing Gary Canning on the iconic show, is seen berating workers outside the Bourke street Op shop on Wednesday morning.
Behind them, handwritten signs with anti-vaccination slogans such as ‘God does not discriminate’ and ‘ Op shops are an essential service’ are plastered across the storefront as other protestors are heard shouting and screaming.
“Discrimination,” one protestor accuses over the megaphone.
Right now in Ballarat - freedom fighters are out the front of the Salvos yelling the Jesus would let the unvaxxed in - here they are harassing staff pic.twitter.com/2xPoj9wnYz
— SOS (@SOS149) December 7, 2021
In the chaotic footage posted to Twitter, one of the staff tries to calmly explain to Mr Richardson that those in need of food or toys for Christmas didn’t have to be vaccinated to receive help.
“We provide toys for everybody,” the man said.
In a separate clip, a woman – who claims to have spent years living on the streets – jumps to the defence of staff.
"I've been on and off these streets since I was 13-years-old alright? And I will stick up for these guys as much as they're a***holes, and I'm an a***hole to them some days. That's our family."
Under Victoria’s Covid rules, charity stores are not considered an essential service and visitors over the age of 12 must be fully vaccinated to enter.
Mr Richardson has been a vocal about his “pro-choice” stance, joining other mass anti-lockdown rallies and condemning the different rules for the vaccinated and unvaccinated.
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