After protests by thousands of construction workers entered their third day in the city of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, police sent in riot squads to disperse them. 

The protesters are marching against prolonged lockdowns and mandatory COVID-19 or CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus vaccinations, according to Rebel News Sept. 23. 

These marches began on Monday, Sept. 20, following the closure of workers’ restrooms, in the face of which workers set up plastic tables and chairs at multiple intersections in central Melbourne, blocking roads and holding up traffic.

“On Monday, people gathered outside the headquarters of the prominent Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union to protest the mandate, chanting and yelling before attempting to storm the building,” National Public Radio reported

For their part, the workers plan to continue their protests and will reportedly continue to press for what is listed in their demands, according to Daily Mail.

Their requests include the immediate elimination of state emergency powers, an end to blockades, the mask mandate, and mandatory vaccinations, as well as an end to the health passport requirement. 

As for the repercussions against the authorities, they call for the immediate resignation of the State Prime Minister Daniel Andrews, Chief of Health Brett Sutton, and Chief Police Commissioner Shane Patton.

On the other hand, they demand the creation of a royal commission on the government’s response to the pandemic, to establish charges against police officers for “assaulting peaceful demonstrators.” 

In addition, all construction work should be resumed immediately, and the massive distribution of alternative medicines for the control of COVID, such as ivermectin, vitamins C, D, and zinc, should be initiated.

The protesters’ advances led them to take over the Victoria Shrine of Remembrance, where war heroes are honored.

To avoid a confrontation that could have undesirable consequences, the police negotiated the withdrawal of the 400 workers occupying the site with the Australian television drama actor from Neighbors, Damien Richardson. 

However, the Daily Mail reported that the protesters threw stones, golf balls, batteries, and bottles, which were met by police rubber bullets and stinger grenades. 

Australia has adopted some of the world’s most repressive anti-COVID measures in its attempt to curb the spread of the virus by suspending citizens’ civil liberties. 

According to the state government, among its plans, Victoria expects construction to begin this month on buildings where those infected with COVID could be housed. 

“The first stage of the hub will provide 500 beds, with a second stage doubling capacity a short time later. It is also designed with the ability to increase to up to 3000 beds as part of a scalable build if a larger facility is determined to be required at any point,” describes the official site.  

It adds, “The new hub will also be designed with relocatable cabins so that it can be utilised for alternative and future needs, including ongoing quarantine arrangements, crisis accommodation and other emergencies.”

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