Victoria Police fire rubber bullets at anti-vaccine protesters as demonstrations move into third day

Riot police in earthquake-hit Victoria have shot rubber bullets at anti-vaccine protests as demonstrations move into a third day.

In a video published on Twitter, which is filmed from a high-angle shot, you can hear gunshots that appear to show police shooting at protestors.

Lines of police have formed along Victoria Street in the Melbourne CBD - where the majority of protesters are gathered - creating a barrier on both ends of the street.

Protesters have continued into a third day even after a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck north-east of Melbourne, lasting between 20 and 30 seconds.

Victorian Deputy Premier James Merlino refused to acknowledge the protesters, instead calling them "a mob acting criminally".

"A terrifying experience for innocent people who are on the West Gate Bridge last night," Merlino said.

"People you know who were innocently out and about and witnessing this thuggery. Journalists being assaulted. This is not who we are. 

"I'm not going to call it protests because it is not a protest. This is a mob acting criminally."

The protest appears to remained mostly peaceful so far on Wednesday, with demonstrators chanting "f*** the jab", "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi" and "F*** Dan Andrews" whilst also lighting flares, according to Nine News in Australia. 

Riot police have also been seen chasing protesters through Carlton Gardens, which is located in the Melbourne CBD. 

This comes a day after an Australian journalist was repeatedly assaulted and verbally abused live on TV, as hundreds of tradies were involved in violent protests.

A swarm of trade workers gathered outside the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) office, where they were met with resistance by police. 

The stand-off comes after the Victorian government controversially announced all construction workers would need to have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to be allowed to work from Friday onwards.