Protesters have blocked a passenger train line and scaled a crane near Flemington Racecourse on Melbourne Cup day, calling for Manus Island refugees to be brought to Australia.
A car has been driven across tracks at Ascot Vale with a protester locked inside and Metro Trains has told passengers to expect delays of more than an hour.
“We are really appalled at the situation on Manus Island and we think it’s really inappropriate for people to be celebrating when there are individuals with no water and no security,” protester Sonia Arquette told AAP on Tuesday.
The group is not aligned with any organisation.
“We don’t want to be doing this but we feel we have no choice when there are 600 people starving,” Ms Arquette said.
Passive protests have proven ineffective and protesters wanted to make sure people paid attention, she added.
“This should be a priority and it’s not right to be celebrating when this is happening,” Ms Arquette said.