Ms Day was arrested for the offence of public drunkenness as she slept, an offence that is soon to be abolished in Victoria.
“That was disgusting how they just threw her in jail,” she said.
She said ongoing deaths in custody in Australia was intolerable.
“This has got to stop, you’ve got to respect us,” she said.
She hoped the protest remained peaceful today.
“We don’t want any looting or stealing, that’s not what we’re here for,” she said.
“We don’t want it like America”.
While she was heartened to see so many at the rally today, she was reserved about its long-term impact.
“We can have this crowd here today, but are they [authorities] gonna listen to us?”