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Victorian protestors ‘give Dan the boot’

Victorians have taken to social media to protest Daniel Andrews handling of the coronavirus pandemic, posting pictures of them ‘giving Dan the boot’. It comes after another day of anti-lockdown protests have taken place in Melbourne on Sunday, after 14 people were charged an 51 fined on Saturday. Fringe political group Victoria Forward, run by…

Victorians have taken to social media to protest Daniel Andrews handling of the coronavirus pandemic, posting pictures of them ‘giving Dan the boot’.

It comes after another day of anti-lockdown protests have taken place in Melbourne on Sunday, after 14 people were charged an 51 fined on Saturday.

Fringe political group Victoria Forward, run by 19-year-old Liberal Party member Edward Bourke created a Facebook event called “Give Dan The Boot: Protest From Home” earlier in the week.

On Sunday morning, more than 20,000 people had registered as “going” and people were posting photos of their boots online.

“It‘s time to stand up to Daniel Andrews, and now you can do it from home,” the event description reads.

“Please place a pair of boots or shoes at your front gate or around your fence this Sunday, 13th of September and post a photo to this event or use the tag #GiveDanTheBoot.”

The idea of potentially thousands of images of boots outside Victorian homes would “decisively convey that the Victorian people have no faith in the Premier”, the organisers said.

Most pictures have been shared with the hashtag #GiveDanTheBoot. Some Facebook users have also labelled Mr Andrews as a “dictator”

“Boots of freedom ya dictator,” one comment read.

“Our premier is a liar,” said another Victorian.

It comes as the state recorded 41 new cases overnight, the fourth day in a row the daily tally has been under 50.

Seven deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

As of midnight on Sunday, some changes to restrictions will come into effect, including more exercise time.

Organiser Mr Bourke is a member of the Liberal Party, and became the Male Vice-Chair at the party’s Sunbury Branch in December last year.

He achieved notoriety after an interview with VICE in 2016, where he revealed his support for Donald Trump, particularly his policies on immigration.

‘We shouldn’t be letting everyone into the country because then you’ll end up in a position like Germany where you have a lot of people in the country that aren’t adding value,’ he said.

The budding politician said he also wanted to end up working in Britan’s House of Lords, claiming their political system was better than Australia’s.

Two years later, he told VICE he felt “let down” by Trump, because he had moved too far to the left of politics.

“Well I think it’s pretty concerning… Trump seems to be dragging his policies more and more to the left,” he said.

“And I think that’s particularly concerning because I think he’s alienating his core conservatives.”

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