Sunrise's Edwina Bartholomew slams 'professional' anti-vax protesters

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Sunrise newsreader Edwina Bartholomew has hit out at "professional protesters" that gathered at anti-vax demonstrations in Melbourne this week.

Thousands of tradies and far-right groups rioted over the announcement of mandatory Covid vaccines for construction workers.

Sunrise's Edwina Bartholomew
Sunrise's Edwina Bartholomew has blasted the 'professional protesters' who gathered at anti-vax demonstrations in Victoria this week. Photo: Seven

Edwina spoke of how Melbourne will soon have the "unenviable title of the most locked-down city in the world" after 267 days or nine months being spent stuck at home in lockdown. 

She added that Melbourne residents are understandably frustrated by the current situation, so to see the protests just made things worse.

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"Imagine sitting at home in lockdown watching a bunch of entitled professional protesters take to the streets, hurling urine at reporters, lighting flares and flying Trump 2020 flags?" the 38-year-old wrote in her column for The Daily Telegraph.

She continued, "Some of the people protesting were construction industry members but most were just troublemakers. What were they hoping to achieve? No one actually knows, not even the thugs climbing all over police cars. We all want restrictions to be over. We all want life to return to normal. This is not the way to achieve it."

Protests in Melbourne
Protests in Melbourne this week turned violent with police being forced to use rubber bullets and tear gas. Photo: Getty

Speaking of how other states have returned to normality, Edwina said the scenes from the protest "were particularly jarring".

Around 2000 protesters marched around Melbourne for hours, shutting down traffic throughout the city with more than 500 police deployed to put a stop to the demonstration.

The protest quickly grew violent with police being forced to use rubber bullets, tear gas and stinger grenades. 

Edwina Bartholomew after getting the vaccine
Edwina has been very vocal about the importance for all those who are able to get the Covid vaccine to do so, especially pregnant women. Photo: Instagram/Edwina Bartholomew

Edwina has been very vocal about the importance for all those who are able to get the Covid vaccine to do so, especially pregnant women.

The newsreader blasted Instagram influencers last month on Sunrise for sharing inaccurate information about the vaccines.

“For God sake, don’t take your advice from Instagram influencers, don’t take it from me either, speak to your GP, speak to your midwife, your obstetrician, the health experts in your life who know the data, know the detail and take advice from them.”

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