Protesters opposing Queensland's VLAD
anti-bikie laws meet to call for the release of the 'Yandina
Five' Photo: Amy Remeikis
With their cries and cheers echoing down to
police headquarters, thousands of people filled a Brisbane park
to protest the Newman government’s anti-association laws.
They were standing, sitting and leaning
against each other in Emma Miller Place, a small park named for
the pioneer unionist and suffragette in the city’s centre, just
metres from where the city’s top cops work - more than 2000
people listening in solidarity, as relatives and friends told
the stories of loved one arrested under the VLAD laws.
The government has refused to back down, or
apologise for its tough stance.
Premier Campbell Newman has repeatedly said he
promised the toughest laws in the nation and his government
delivered just that, as it was determined to rid Queensland of
“the criminal motorcycle gang menace”.
But in the days, weeks and months since the
laws were enacted in October, unrest about the laws has been
growing in much of the community.
That unrest is what prompted thousands to give
up their Australia Day celebrations and spend three hours under
the hot city sun in Roma Street, protesting their right to
“associate with who we want” under the banner “Freedom Day”.