MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Demonstrators gather during an anti-lockdown protest and police officers stand guard in Melbourne, Australia on September 22, 2021. Hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters clashed with police in Melbourne, leaving at least four people injured and more than five dozen in custody. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse more than 2,000 people â many of whom identified themselves as construction workers â who roamed along busy thoroughfares in Australiaâs second-largest city, ABC News reported. The protests were sparked by the Victoria state governmentâs decision this week to shut down the construction industry for two weeks in Melbourne and some regional areas. The government has also made it mandatory for construction workers to get vaccinated. (Photo by Brandon F./Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
For several consecutive days, crowds have gathered in Melbourne protesting the draconian lockdowns against the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 300 people in total have been arrested, but chanting “every day,” the protesters vow to continue their revolt. Background Australia is renowned globally as one of the most peaceful and civilized countries on earth, number three on the Heritage Index of Economic Freedom. However, in the last couple of years, the southern nation has been hit by no less than two severe pandemics, COVID-19 and wokism. These two have interacted strongly, and draconian cancel culture has become the standard policy for handling the virus.
So far, the people of Melbourne have had to endure more than 233 days of stay-at-home lockdown orders in response to especially the delta variant outbreak. Australian cities have, in effect, become prisons, treating the virus as an existential threat. These massive clampdowns on civil liberties have heated Australia from chill calm to boiling rage in just a couple of years. Worker Protest The policy that sparked a protest among construction workers on September 21 was a labor vaccine mandate. Many people are concerned about the long-term health effects of the vaccine, especially for young people who are not at significant risk of the disease. Between 1,000 and 2,000 of these turned out in construction clothes to protest the government mandates. Riot police met them, and the confrontation turned violent. The police explained...
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