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(en) Australia Riot police used to move demonstrators at PM's engagement

From "Chris Welsh" <koat@mindspring.com>
Date Fri, 25 Feb 2000 15:17:00 -0500

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Riot police used to move demonstrators at PM's engagement
Riot police armed with batons have scuffled with unionists in Perth who =
attempted to block the Prime Minister arriving at an official function.

During a chaotic few minutes police charged the demonstrators to clear a =
path for John Howard's motorcade and jostled with the media.

One television crew was caught between the two sides.

ABC journalist Peter Kennedy was among the media present and described =
the scene as the Prime Minister arrived.

"Riot squad police are moving in with batons and also with helmets, they =
are surrounding the Prime Ministers car," he said.

"The Prime Minister's getting out now and you can hear the build-up.

"The plain clothes police are moving us on and the Prime Minister is =
going to the entrance to the building.

"The riot squad is moving in with batons and also with shields and =
everyone has been pushed aside and the Prime Minister is now in the =

Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Hundreds of unionists gathered outside the new Chamber of Commerce and =
Industry building in in Hay Street, Perth, which Mr Howardwas officially =

The unionists are protesting against several issues, including what they =
say is the government's anti-union stance.

Builders Labourers Union secretary Kevin Reynolds says there is also =
anger at the government's refusal to give workers a decent pay rise.

"They say they can't afford to give the working class of this state an =
$8 pay rise, they can't afford to give people who are on $380 a week a =
miserable eight bucks, but they can build this bloody monstrosity," he =

Chris Welsh
Anarchists for Life
Unionize don't Euthenize

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