Craig Kelly calls Novak Djokovic a ‘political prisoner’ at anti-vax rally

Former Liberal MP Craig Kelly has called tennis player Novak Djokovic “a political prisoner of the Morrison regime”.

Mr Kelly, the leader of the United Australia Party and federal member for Hughes, told an anti-vaccination rally at Hyde Park on Saturday that he was ashamed to be an Australian after Djokovic’s visa was cancelled.

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“The Prime Minister has put the tennis player Novak Djokovic into detention today,” he said. “Today the world’s No.1 tennis player is a political prisoner of the Morrison regime.

“This embarrasses our nation. It brings shame upon our country, and it plays into the sentiment of vindictiveness and spitefulness that is not the Australian character.”

 

Djokovic was spotted being driven into Park Hotel on Saturday afternoon, the Carlton detention centre where he was held after the first cancellation of his visa.

Watched by scores of police, Mr Kelly told the rally organised by the Reclaim The Line group that Prime Minister Scott Morrison had made the Serbian tennis champion a political prisoner.

 

Protestors gathered at Hyde Park heard former Liberal MP Craig Kelly call Novak Djokovic a “political prisoner”.CREDIT:RHETT WYMAN

Earlier, the crowd of at least 1000 people marched from Prince Alfred Park and along Elizabeth Street, loudly chanting and waving the Eureka, Australian and Serbian flags.

The march was one of a number organised around Australia by Reclaim The Line, which claimed on its website to resist “medical apartheid”, protect children’s future and “break down the emerging segregation within our society”.

Earlier, the crowd of at least 1000 people marched from Prince Alfred Park and along Elizabeth Street, loudly chanting and waving the Eureka, Australian and Serbian flags.

The march was one of a number organised around Australia by Reclaim The Line, which claimed on its website to resist “medical apartheid”, protect children’s future and “break down the emerging segregation within our society”.

It also said it aimed to support the music industry “that has been largely destroyed, by showcasing local musicians at future events”.

Apart from the drummers and rapper, the rally also featured a singer performing a cover of John Farnham’s You’re The Voice.

Marchers also brandished placards with messages such as “Freedom needs no passport”, “Hands off our kids” and “Vax free are the new 1940s Jews”.

Several marchers also held orange signs with the words “Protect freedom of choice” and the One Nation logo.

One protester carried a globe of the world with needles stuck into it and a skeletal face looming above two syringes.

At Hyde Park, the crowd gathered in front of a small stage where two long-haired drummers played before making way for a rapper whose foul-mouthed performance seemed ill-suited to rally organisers’ attempts to portray the event as family-friendly.

A One Nation candidate spoke before Mr Kelly took to the stage to rail against the decision to cancel Djokovic’s visa on Friday

“We also heard last night, at that late-night court session, that the reason for the cancellation of Mr Djokovic’s visa was not because he had done anything wrong,” Mr Kelly said.

“Was not because he had filled out any form incorrectly but because, in the opinion of the Migration Minister, that somehow or other his being in the country would inflame what they call, so-called, anti-vax sentiment.

“There is no anti-vax sentiment,” Mr Kelly said. “The sentiment is against taking away your freedom and forcing you to be injected with a substance against your free will.”

Mr Kelly concluded his remarks by saying he hoped the Prime Minister and Labor leader Anthony Albanese had taken note of the rally.

“Because I tell you what,” he said. “We have just begun to fight. We’re going to take it to them every single day up to this next election and, as we say, sack them all.”

 

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