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AUSTRALIAN TRADE UNIONS:
Extreme right and neo-Nazis among the
Clashes continued on Saturday in Melbourne with Police arresting 94
people, mainly in St Kilda and the Melbourne CBD, after small groups
of protesters gathered around the city for another day of anti-
Most of the arrests took place on St Kilda Esplanade near the city
early on Saturday afternoon. By the time a few dozen protesters had
made their way to the foreshore, they were outnumbered by
hundreds of police officers, who had arrived earlier and set up
Police said people were arrested for breaching the Chief Health
Officer's (CHO) directions, as well as drug-related offences and
outstanding warrants. They will be issued with penalty notices and
fined by up to $5000 each for breaching the Chief of Health
directions," Victoria Police said in a statement.
The gathering followed small protests across Melbourne on Friday
where more than 200 people were arrested.
The city of Melbourne has seen protests throughout the week, which
began on Monday with a violent demonstration outside the
Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU)
headquarters after the State Government announced vaccinations
would be mandatory for construction workers.
The union said only a minority of the protesters were union
members (photo). "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," Dave
Noonan, CFMEU national construction secretary, said in a statement,
condemning the "far right extremist violence".
In August, Sally McManus, secretary of the Australian Council of
Trade Unions (ACTU), tweeted: “unions … are now facing what looks
like an organised push by far-right groups and “want to be
libertarian politicians” to convince people not to get vaccinated.
“We will not tolerate such people dividing, confusing and playing
with people’s lives and their jobs.”
A larger rally on Tuesday included a number of anti-lockdown and
anti-vaccination protesters as well as well as members of the far
right, who blocked the West Gate Bridge as they protested across the
city for hours. One man was photographed waving a large Donald
In Adelaide, several hundred people attended a rally in Hindmarsh
Square on Saturday and marched through the Rundle Mall.
The gathering heard from speakers delivering anti-media messages,
and some protesters held placards with messages opposing
While there were moments of tension between some protesters and
members of the media, South Australian police said the rally had
happened without major incident and no arrests had been made.
Adelaide, South Australia