‘Pure hatred’ of bikie laws

TWO thousand protesters from across Queensland have expressed "pure hatred" for the State Government's anti-association law crackdown on bikies.

Independent MP Peter Wellington, who spoke at yesterday's Freedom Day rally in Brisbane, described as unprecedented the emotion of attendees over the laws introduced last October.

"The pure hatred that was voiced to Jarrod Bleijie as Attorney-General and Campbell Newman as the Premier shows they clearly don't understand how these laws impact on ordinary Queenslanders," Mr Wellington said.

Bikers and their supporters travelled from Bundaberg, Toowoomba, the Sunshine Coast, Ipswich and even Sydney and Melbourne to show their opposition to the anti-association laws.

But Mr Newman refused to shy away from the laws, which he said aimed to combat criminal gang members responsible for much of the "misery" in the community caused by drugs.

"They only affect criminal gang members who are desperate to try to mislead Queenslanders," he said.

Mike Smith, a Sunshine Coast Rebel who also spoke at the rally, said the attendance sent a strong message to state leaders.

"The rally was fantastic, it's restored my faith in the Australian public," he said.

Mr Smith said fear of arrest kept many would-be attendees away.

"At least a dozen people said all their friends wanted to come but they were scared of police harassment," he said.

But he said police at the rally "acted very, very respectfully".


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