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Protesters ROAR at Abbott

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Protesters gathered at a hotel where Prime Minister Tony Abbott was due to speak have vowed to hold rallies every time the prime minister is in Melbourne.

About 100 people stood outside the Melbourne Park Hyatt on Thursday night ahead of Mr Abbott’s address, shouting chants and waving signs to protest a raft of coalition government policies.

Many of the protesters wore black T-shirts printed with the words “F*** Tony Abbott”.

One of the rally organisers, Jacob Grech, said the group would be a constant presence when Mr Abbott was in the city.

“Every time he comes to Melbourne we’ll be there,” he told AAP.

Another organiser, Roz Ward, said the group, Rapid Organised Anti-Abbott Response Network (ROAR), was a collective of union members and socialist groups that formed immediately after the election.

“We oppose the whole Abbott agenda,” Ms Ward told AAP.

Group members spoke out against the coalition government’s position on same-sex marriage and refugees.

The number of people at the rally was far below the 960 who had indicated on the group’s Facebook page they would attend.