Some carried flowers, others carried signs, but the thousands of people who marched through Melbourne in memory of Jill Meagher had one thing in common – they were there to say `no’ to violence.
Artist Philip Werner, whose Facebook post last year sparked a 30,000-strong march to honour Ms Meagher and other victims, was not surprised thousands again turned up to honour victims of violence.
“I’ve called it a peace march and I believe people are here because they want to express the opposite sentiment to the things that led to the murder,” Mr Werner said.
Sasha Chambers carried a defiant sign with a message for Ms Meagher’s killer Adrian Bayley and Steven James Hunter, who murdered Sarah Cafferkey.
“Two off our streets a fair few to go. This is for the voiceless, we will love you always,” it read.
Ms Chambers said she had decided to march because more needed to be done for the safety of the community.
Christian Vega, from sex worker organisation Vixen, was there to honour his friend Tracy Connelly who was found murdered in St Kilda earlier this year.
“On a policy level we should be doing so much more,” Mr Vega said.
The murder of 29-year-old Ms Meagher as she walked home last year, sparked a successful push to change Victoria’s parole laws.
Bayley, currently serving a life sentence, on Thursday had his application to appeal his sentence denied.
Lizzie Marks and 15 friends carried white flowers to protest violence.
They bought their sons and daughters to “make them aware”.