MELBOURNE: The Victoria state of Australia has shut down construction sites across its coastal capital Melbourne after a violent protest erupted over mandatory Covid-19 vaccination of construction workers.
The protest began on Monday when staff workers were asked to show proof of vaccine dose before accessing their workplace. The protest then turned violent when construction workers clashed with industry union members.
In response to the violent clashes, officials have decided to shut down some sites for up to two weeks. Another protest flared up on Tuesday with hundreds of people gathering in Melbourne for another anti-vaccination Protest, burning up flares and throwing urine at on-field reporters.
Yesterday riot police were deployed in the area, reportedly they used rubber bullets and pepper spray to disrupt the chaos-causing crowd. Victorian branch of Australia’s Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), was severely damaged in Monday’s clash.
The CFMEU condemned the attack on its official office, where some members gathered to support the government’s mandate. The violence turned violent when the right-wing group infiltrated the protest, they added.
Union members were injured, bottles were thrown at officials, Union said in an official statement. “The union will continue to defend its members’ rights to work safely across Australia and we will not be intimidated from doing our job,” the statement said.
So far Australia has been efficient in controlling the Covid spread but due to the recent delta variant spike half of the population has been placed in lockdown in the cities of Melbourne, Sydney, and Canberra.