Video footage of American anti-vaxxers swarming the streets of New York and chanting their "support for Australia" has been heavily mocked online.
The large group, filmed by an independent journalist, surrounded the city’s Australian consulate on Monday with banners and signs protesting Covid vaccine mandates.
“We’re holding the line for Australia, we support Australia!” one woman can be heard yelling on a megaphone.
The mask-less crowd then begins to chant “we support Australia” repeatedly. Some people can be seen waving Australian flags in the air.
The strange moment was a part of a larger protest, during which people jeered at diners at restaurants — a privilege reserved for fully vaccinated patrons.
However, many Australians were not impressed by the group’s antics, with several poking fun at the footage on Twitter.
“Gee well as an Australian I would say worry about your own country mates,” one man wrote.
“We’re holding the line for Australia, we support Australia!” Protesters gather for speeches outside the Australian Consulate in New York pic.twitter.com/ZKMPdDExxS
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) October 4, 2021
“Half these people couldn’t point to Australia on a map…” another said.
“Yeah, we’re good thanks,” a third man chimed in.
“They're gonna be gutted to find out we have universal public health insurance and no guns,” one woman tweeted.
“This is the most bizarre thing ever...700k deaths later and they think we're the ones needing support,” another person said.
“We don't want your support. Get vaccinated,” a man urged.
— Hipster Sasquatch, Feelin Blue in Kentucky (@Gr8SageEqlofHvn) October 4, 2021
Australia has been criticised by the US media for its stringent Covid lockdowns.
This week, Melbourne took the unwanted title of the city that has been in lockdown the most during the pandemic.
Australia has recorded 1,357 total Covid deaths, compared to the US, which recorded more than 700,000 Covid deaths last week.
At least 80 per cent of Aussies have had their first Covid jab, with the country planning on opening up and resuming travel at 80 per cent double dose.
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