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A number of small rallies have been held in capital cities across the country in protest of the coronavirus vaccine.

Gatherings were held in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth today with a few hundred people at each.

In Victoria, where the state has just emerged from a snap five-day lockdown, pepper spray was deployed and a number of arrests were reportedly made.

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Arrests have been made at a protest against the coronavirus vaccine in Melbourne.There was a large Victorian Police presence in the city.

Protesters gathered in Fawkner Park in South Yarra this afternoon before marching down St Kilda Road.

Video shows a number of people being arrested, and some people in the crowds were pepper sprayed.

Victoria Police were unable to provide information about arrests and charges when contacted by

There were large crowds in the Botanic Gardens in the city.Hundreds of people also gathered in Brisbane today.

Meantime, in Sydney and Brisbane, the protests were largely peaceful, police said.

A few hundred people gathered in the Domain in Sydney’s CBD, while protesters met in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.

Celebrity chef Pete Evans, who was banned from Instagram this week, spoke at the event in Sydney.

Hundreds of people were at The Domain in Sydney today.Pete Evans spoke at the Sydney rally.

He had also his Facebook account deleted in December for repeatedly violating the company’s harm policies.

A small march was also held in Adelaide, and one in Perth.

People gather with signs and listen to speeches in Adelaide today.Anti-coronavirus protesters marching through Perth.

Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine roll out is due to start on Monday, with frontline health and quarantine workers first in line.

Residents at aged care facilities across the country will also be some of the first to receive the vaccination.