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A protest against construction restrictions in Melbourne has turned violent with anti-vaccination demonstrators clashing with union officials and hurling a bread crate. 

Hundreds of workers in hi-vis vests gathered outside the CFMEU head office on Elizabeth St on Monday morning.  

Dramatic mobile phone footage showed protesters hurling projectiles at men guarding the door, heckling a union rep as ‘Dan Andrews’ b****’ and yelling ‘f*** the jab’. 

A protest against construction restrictions in Melbourne has turned violent with demonstrators clashing with union officials and hurling a bread crate

A protest against construction restrictions in Melbourne has turned violent with demonstrators clashing with union officials and hurling a bread crate

A protest against construction restrictions in Melbourne has turned violent with demonstrators clashing with union officials and hurling a bread crate

Hundreds of workers in h-vis vests gathered outside the CFMEU head office on Elizabeth St on Monday morning

Hundreds of workers in h-vis vests gathered outside the CFMEU head office on Elizabeth St on Monday morning

Hundreds of workers in h-vis vests gathered outside the CFMEU head office on Elizabeth St on Monday morning 

Construction workers clash with union representatives outside the CFMEU office in Melbourne on Monday

Construction workers clash with union representatives outside the CFMEU office in Melbourne on Monday

Construction workers clash with union representatives outside the CFMEU office in Melbourne on Monday

CFMEU state secretary John Setka tried to appease the crowd and address the protestors over loud speaker.

‘Please calm down, can you at least give me the respect to talk,’ he said.

‘We’re not the enemy, I don’t know what you have heard,’ he says to protesters, in a video posted to social media. I have never ever said I support mandatory vaccination.’ 

But his pleas fell on deaf ears with protestors shouting over him. 

‘Dan Andrew’s b****,’ several could be heard chanting. 

Others screamed: ‘Stand up, or stand down.’

Once Mr Setka went back inside the building, the protesters smashed the glass door to the building. 

The protest comes as a raft of new restrictions are enforced on the construction industry as part of Victoria’s roadmap out of the Covid crisis. 

Construction workers will be required to show evidence that they’ve had their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine from Friday.

Tea rooms will be forced to shut and workers forced to eat lunch outdoors. Travel between Melbourne and the regions for work has also been banned. 

Dramatic mobile phone footage showed protesters hurling projectiles at men guarding the door and heckling a union rep as 'Dan Andrews' b****'

Dramatic mobile phone footage showed protesters hurling projectiles at men guarding the door and heckling a union rep as 'Dan Andrews' b****'

Dramatic mobile phone footage showed protesters hurling projectiles at men guarding the door and heckling a union rep as ‘Dan Andrews’ b****’ 

CFMEU state secretary John Sekta tried to appease the crowd before he was outspoken by the workers

CFMEU state secretary John Sekta tried to appease the crowd before he was outspoken by the workers

CFMEU state secretary John Sekta tried to appease the crowd before he was outspoken by the workers

New construction restrictions 

Construction workers have staged a protest outside of the CFMEU office in Melbourne to demonstrate against new restrictions.

– Construction workers will be required to show evidence that they’ve had their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

– Tea rooms will be forced to shut and workers forced to eat lunch outdoors.

– Travel between Melbourne and the regions for work has also been banned.

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Speaking at a press conference on Monday, premier Daniel Andrews said protests were not helpful in containing the spread of the latest Covid-outbreak.

‘I would simply say … protest doesn’t work against this virus,’ Mr Andrews said.

‘There’d be a whole bunch of people sitting at home scratching their heads about why anyone would be protesting about being open.’

Protestors began gathering outside the office in the early morning. By midday, the small group had ballooned to hundreds with demonstrators spilling onto the street and blocking traffic. 

A group of protestors later broke off from the main crowd to march towards parliament. 

Most of the demonstrators remained behind with one person yelling they will return to the office until their message is heard.

‘We will come back every day,’ he yelled to loud cheers. 

Several protestors could be heard demanding Mr Andrews resign as premier. 

 More to come 

Source: Daily Mail UK

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