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Bizarre footage has emerged showing the moment a group of anti-vaccination protesters believed they found a hidden camera in a tree.

The group had been part of the thousands who descended on Canberra to rally against vaccine mandates and Covid restrictions on Saturday. 

The odd moment, which was uploaded to TikTok, begins with a man stating ‘its a f***ing peephole camera, motion detected.’

A second man – who is recording – then makes his way to the tree as another person points to a ‘tiny camera’ in the bark.

The tree in Canberra which anti-vaccination protestors believe had a hidden camera wedged behind a piece of chewing gum (pictured)

The tree in Canberra which anti-vaccination protestors believe had a hidden camera wedged behind a piece of chewing gum (pictured)

On Saturday, a record 20,000 people marched through the nation's capital to Parliament House to demonstrate against the pandemic

On Saturday, a record 20,000 people marched through the nation’s capital to Parliament House to demonstrate against the pandemic

Many fellow demonstrators were shocked at the scenes, with one woman declaring ‘no way’ at the development.

The video has since had almost 24,000 views on the video sharing platform with many amused by the footage.

Some thought the protesters were being paranoid, while others feared they may have actually found a hidden camera. 

One man pointed out it was likely a treatment plug from a chemjet – a device used to distribute pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers to the areas where they are most effective without releasing any of these chemicals in the environment.

It comes as 20,000 anti-vaccine activists, conspiracy theorists and people from the sovereign citizen movement marched in the nation’s capital this weekend. 

Among the fired up crowd were people waving World War Two-era Croatian flags, Australia’s Red Ensign and upside down Australian flags.

Alarmingly, numerous secret symbols, including flags associated with far-right fascist movements, were spotted.

The old Croatian flag is often associated with the the Ustaše – an ultra-fascist political movement between 1929 and 1945, whose members murdered hundreds of thousands of Jews and ethnic minorities.

The Ustaše were heavily influenced by Italian fascism and German Nazis, building their own concentration camps to carry out their abhorrent crimes.

Various extremist groups these days often adopt the WWII-era flag to show their support for far-right causes.

The Red Ensign flag was also on display at the protest.

Australia’s maritime flag is used by the nation’s merchant ships but has been adopted by Australia’s ‘Sovereign Citizen’ – or SovCit – movement during the pandemic.

The bizarre conspiracy movement rejects the enforcement of laws and taxation, considering them to be illegitimate.

Another secret symbol at the demonstration was the upside down Australian flag.

Protesters used the Australian Red Ensign flag to demonstrate they are'sovereign citizens' and do not abide by the Australian government's laws

Protesters used the Australian Red Ensign flag to demonstrate they are ‘sovereign citizens’ and do not abide by the Australian government’s laws

The old Croatian flag - related to Nazi support - was spotted throughout Canberra's anti-vaccination mandate protests among other conspiracy-related flags

The old Croatian flag – related to Nazi support – was spotted throughout Canberra’s anti-vaccination mandate protests among other conspiracy-related flags

Several of the flags were spotted on Saturday's rally of some 20,000 demonstrators as they marched through Canberra to Parliament House

Several of the flags were spotted on Saturday’s rally of some 20,000 demonstrators as they marched through Canberra to Parliament House

Pauline Hanson from the One Nation party joined the'Convoy to Canberra' rally on Saturday

Pauline Hanson from the One Nation party joined the ‘Convoy to Canberra’ rally on Saturday

Globally, an upside down flag is recognised as a sign of distress.

Demonstrators have been using to the symbol as way to claim they are in ‘distress’ over mandatory vaccination requirements in some workplaces and venues.

Saturday’s rally is understood to be the biggest public demonstration ever held in Canberra.

Among the crowd were men who appeared to be former Australian soldiers, tradies, truckers, motorcyclists, evangelical religious groups, a smattering of Indigenous protestors and some current politicians.

Several also flew the Eureka stockade flag which is considered a generic symbol of rebellion against authority.

Saturday's rally of up to 20,000 people is understood to be the biggest public demonstration ever held in Canberra

Saturday’s rally of up to 20,000 people is understood to be the biggest public demonstration ever held in Canberra

Several also flew the Eureka stockade flag (blue with a white cross) which is considered a generic symbol of rebellion against authority

Several also flew the Eureka stockade flag (blue with a white cross) which is considered a generic symbol of rebellion against authority

WHAT DO THE FLAGS MEAN?

Why are some Australian’s flying an old Croatian flag? 

The WWII-era Croatian flag was used by the Ustaše – an ultra-fascist political movement between 1929 and 1945 whose members murdered hundreds of thousands of Jewish people and ethnic minorities. 

Extremists groups have now adopted the WWII flag to show their support for far-right causes. 

What is the Red Ensign?   

Australia’s maritime flag is used by the nation’s merchant ships but has recently been adopted by Australia’s ‘Sovereign Citizen’.

The conspiracy movement rejects the enforcement of all laws and taxation, considering them to be illegitimate – even on dry land. 

What is the upside down flag? 

Across the globe and upside down flag is internationally recognised as a sign of distress. 

Demonstrators have been using to the symbol as way to claim they are in distress over mandatory vaccination requirements in some workplaces and venues. 

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