Sunday, October 24, 2021

Australian police break up truck driver’s protest against mandatory vaccination, lockdown

Melbourne Police have put a stop to another protest against the lockdown and compulsory vaccinations after a group of Australian truck drivers were pulled over and fined.

On the morning of 28 September, a convoy of eight trucks was moving in one lane on the Tullamarine Freeway at 20 km/h (12.4 m/h).

there were many trucks seen with banner “Freedom for Victoria” and “Freedom of Choice” were written on the side of the vehicle, with “Free Victoria” on the other.

A police bus load was later taken to Port Melbourne in anticipation of the protest. Officials eventually pulled the convoy around 8:30 a.m. and issued 16 fines for violations of public health orders.

The five-lane highway was reduced to two, while police broke up the protest, allowing traffic to move at a snail’s pace in the early morning hours.

Truckers originally planned to drive along the West Gate Bridge, but later switched to the Tullamarine Freeway.

A Victoria Police spokesperson said in a statement, “Victoria Police will continue to have a highly visible presence in the area to maintain public safety, and to ensure that any illegal protest activity is allowed by the wider community to go about their daily lives.” does not affect the rights of .

Victorian truck drivers are required to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination before they are allowed to cross the border into the state of New South Wales.

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“These are national regulations. They enforce our vital freight and logistics industries to operate as the lifeblood of keeping shops full and food on our tables,” Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley told reporters in response to the protests. said.

“If there are challenges for the freight industry, individuals, drivers, I’m sure we can work with that sector as we have.”

Protests by transport workers followed a week of civil unrest in Melbourne’s central business district and mass demonstrations by Australians.

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Protesters are seen walking down the Westgate Bridge after the state government announced the closure of construction on September 21, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia.

The protests began when hundreds of construction workers gathered at the headquarters of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) in Melbourne and demanded that the head of the organization, John Setka, stand up.

Soon the Victorian government ordered the construction industry to close for two weeks from 21 September, citing concerns over compliance with public health orders.

However, protests intensified, and soon thousands took to the streets around Melbourne for several days, protesting in front of the state parliament, the West Gate Bridge and the Shrine of Remembrance.

In response to the protests, the Victorian state government increased police presence around the city.

Rebecca Zhu



This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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