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Anti-Vaccine Protesters Clash With Police In Melbourne, Australia, For The 2nd Day
It’s been a violent few days in Melbourne, Australia, where construction workers and other demonstrators are clashing with police as they protest the government’s COVID-19 vaccine requirements.
Follows, some archetypical NPR-shitlib mumble-mumble about the deadly dangerous and ultra-deadly most dangerous of all dangerous “Delta variant” and how, horror of horrors, “Some 13% of the state’s active COVID-19 cases are linked to construction sites, according to local media,” gaspohsweetJesuspleasehelpuswe’reallgonnadiiiieee. Hilarious as all that stale flapdoodle is, though, this is when we get to what I consider to be the most uproarious bit of all.
After the government closed down tearooms at work sites, some workers took their lunch breaks outside on Friday. They set up tables and plastic chairs in multiple intersections in central Melbourne, blocking roads and holding up traffic.
OH. HELL. YEAH. Now THIS the kind of thing I’ve been waiting on tenterhooks to see, people. Good on ya, mates, and two thumbs up for that one.
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.
Angry protesters threw bottles and smashed loudspeakers, according to local media reports.
Riot police deployed on the scene allegedly used rubber bullets and pepper spray to disperse crowds, the BBC reported, adding that the headquarters building was damaged and “several people” were arrested in the process.
The union later issued a statement condemning the violence “in the strongest possible terms,” noting that an unspecified number of people were injured by violent acts, including the throwing of bottles. But it also distanced itself from the protesters, attributing the actions to “extremists or people manipulated by extremists.”
“This crowd was heavily infiltrated by neo-Nazis and other right wing extremist groups and it is clear that a minority of those who participated were actual union members,” the statement said.
Others have alleged that neo-Nazis and anti-vaccination groups organized on encrypted social media platforms before arriving at the protest in “hi-vis” clothing to look like construction workers.
Yeh, yeh, yeh, whatevs. I’m a Nazi, you’re a Nazi, he’s a Nazi, she’s a Nazi, wouldn’t you like to be a Nazi too. In fact, it looks like absolutely everybody is a Nazi according to these puling pissants except themselves—ie, the self-same people currently deploying all the coercive muscle of a tyrannical Überstate to force its subjects into participating—against their will and at significant risk of bodily harm—in a shady medical experiment that simply reeks of one Herr Doktor Josef Mengele.
Who, y’know, was a Nazi.
Bill Shorten — the former opposition leader and current member of Parliament who serves as shadow minister for the national disability insurance scheme and for government services — said in a TV interview that some protesters were construction workers while others were “fake tradies.”
“There is a network of hard-right, man-baby Nazis,” he said, “people who just want to cause trouble…They want to complain about the vaccination, and they deserve to get the full force of everything that’s coming their way.”
Right back atcha, Slick. The playing around is over, and all that tough-guy talk of yours threatening “the full force of everything that’s coming their way” works in both directions. As those crazy-ass kids say nowadays: Keep fucking around and find out.
According to The Guardian, “protesters dressed as construction workers” assaulted officers, smashed police car windows, hurled bottles and stones and damaged other property.
It counted some 1,000 to 2,000 demonstrators, mostly young men, marching across the city and shutting down a major bridge while chanting “f*** the jab” and “every day,” which the newspaper says is a reference to a “promise to keep protesting daily until Melbourne’s Covid restrictions are lifted.”
Citing police, it says 62 protesters were arrested, and three police officers and one journalist were injured. Officers deployed pepper balls, foam baton rounds, smoke bombs and stinger grenades, Victoria’s chief police commissioner told the paper.
I’d say a casualty count of three pigs and one shitlib journo amounts to a fair-dinkum first round, a solid start that can be built upon. Fingers crossed over here for plenty more, and worse, until you arrogant fascist fucks have all been stuffed securely back into the proper box, by any means necessary.
Via Ace, who includes some uplifting video that you won’t want to miss.