The Human Chain for Assange was attended by more people than we have seen at any Free Assange demonstration in Australia to date. SBS says, "Thousands," Victoria Police estimate 3000. This is enormous by modern Australian standards. They marched northwards from the area of the Shrine of Rememberance and the Governor's house, then back. Speeches were given by John Shipton (Julian's father) and Australian Army SAS whistleblower and army lawyer, David McBride.
Appendix: Twitter posts about the protest
Urging Albanese to act
'Rotting in jail': Thousands in Melbourne march for Julian Assange's release | SBS News https://t.co/HcFU5fKXzP
Free Julian Assange Melbourne today pic.twitter.com/cdUpOtwUyb
Worldwide protests demanding a #FreeAssangeNOW started in Melbourne.
.@GabrielShipton: "They are scared of what Julian created (revolutionary journalism). They are scared of @wikileaks and scared of their crimes being exposed, which is why Julian is now in prison in Belmarsh". https://t.co/RNgIJb6SdN
Thousands to form human chain around Parliament to demand Julian Assange's release | Morning Star https://t.co/5ji1oCwZv4
Melbourne for Assange 8/10/2022 pic.twitter.com/BjoRc3MmUm