We reported yesterday on some of the continuing craziness coming out of Australia in regard to COVID lockdowns and restrictions. There was a big anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne during which police began pepper spraying the crowd and then the crowd stampeded right over them.
This is the few seconds before police were rushed – tension builds and spills over into a very chaotic and scary scene for authorities and people trapped in the middle advocating for peace @theage https://t.co/Q1KSgSKjcl pic.twitter.com/YcnsuUvZgt
— David Estcourt (@davidestcourt) September 18, 2021
— Evelyn Rae (@_evelynrae) September 18, 2021
Several police officers were injured and 235 people were arrested which is a huge amount. Most of the arrests were for breaking “health restrictions.”
Now we have more video showing how out of hand it got — with police targeting journalists with pepper spray and even throwing an elderly woman who wasn’t threatening them in any way to the ground. Then two cops pepper-sprayed her right in the face as she lay on the ground hurt and unable to defend herself. You can see the old woman in red being thrown to the ground on this video.
Shocking scenes in Melbourne, Australia, of an elderly female anti-lockdown protester being knocked to the ground by a cop and then pepper sprayed in the face as she lay injured. Other cops later tended to her, to be fair, but why so crazy? https://t.co/lJNTiNJjfY
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) September 20, 2021
Other cops did come to help her later but that whole action was just wrong, as was spraying and appearing to target the journalists who were the only folks within range of the police at that moment on the video.
There was more violence and craziness when construction workers protested their own union, CFMEU, for not standing up for them against mandatory vaccination requirements to be able to work. They’re required to have at least one shot by Thursday.
Warning for graphic language:
This is absolutely EPIC.. construction workers are furious their union boss John Setka sold them out.. they face termination if they aren’t vaccinated by Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/k1VmlNDwuD
— Pelham (@Resist_05) September 20, 2021
Then it got crazy.
— Suzan Delibasic (@suzandelibasic) September 20, 2021
WATCH: Furious construction workers in Melbourne, Australia after being ordered by their union leadership to get the jab or lose their job.
— Election Wizard (@ElectionWiz) September 20, 2021
Workers have destroyed the CFMEU office doors in Melbourne. Trade union officials remain barricaded inside and upstairs. Riot police have reportedly fired on the crowd of workers with projectile weapons. pic.twitter.com/9PNi7heT2O
— LivingSoul7 (@jamesmcf007) September 20, 2021
Police came out and shot at the workers, allegedly with rubber bullets.
China ? NO. Australia ? YES.
Remember people its about your health 🤦♂️.
Melbourne: construction workers protesting against vaxxine mandates. Police firing rubber bullets at them. pic.twitter.com/6jK84LfXnf
— Austin🕺🏻Powers (@AustinKBF) September 20, 2021
Now, the premier of Victoria, Dan Andrews, is going to punish the construction workers for resisting. They are shutting down the construction industry for two weeks, according to The Age. If you resist, the government will make sure you don’t work.
Industrial Relations Minister Tim Pallas said the decision had been driven by multiple outbreaks linked to the industry, as well as “widespread non-compliance” with COVID safety rules.
“We put the industry on notice just a week ago, we have seen appalling behaviour on site and on our streets, and now we’re acting decisively and without hesitation,” he said in a statement.
So this is how they will try to force compliance. Otherwise you wouldn’t be able to work.
Wasn’t Australia once a free society? Not so much anymore.