Melbourne construction workers protested on Tuesday in a rather dramatic way over mandatory vaccination. This included blocking off the West Gate Bridge, one of the major roads connecting the center of the city to the west.
The protests escalated in recent days. Last week, they protested over tearoom closures in response to a number of cases at construction sites. Let’s face it, whether it’s a construction site or a corporate office, tearooms/lunchrooms are filthy because most people are pigs. People should keep them clean but closing them over COVID is just stupid.
More generally, there were other protests over the weekend and truck drivers also protested in recent weeks. The government then announced the shutdown of the construction industry for two weeks. Along with the intention to impose mandatory vaccination, this is basically giving them two weeks to protest.
It was great to see the police not masking properly. Why even pretend?
And gotta love the Victoria Police’s “Public Order Response” SUVs. It’s big and black, just the thing to inspire confidence in the public.
This is not surprising considering Victoria Police is one of the many organizations with a pentagram as part of its insignia.
But enough police bashing here. To be fair, like all parts of the world, there are all types within the police force. And without being specific, an Aussie acquaintance recently related that an officer had described the opinions within the force as “varied” as far as he/she could tell, that not all officers agree with how the pandemic is handled. One can read into that.
Not surprisingly, even with just a glance at lamestream media, one can see these protests by construction workers are conveniently linked to “conspiracy theorists”, “far-right” and “anti-vaxxers” and the like.
Didn’t see that one coming.
And responses of officials include the likes of these protests spreading COVID.
Didn’t see that one coming either.
Victorian Premier Dan Andrews reportedly said, “Violence is not the answer, vaccination is the answer.”
What an enlightened view.
I am not encouraging violence—and my advice to protesters is not to trash private property if you want people on your side—but isn’t mandatory vaccination a form of violence?
This has been mentioned before at Opinyuns, but the Australian Constitution in effect forbids mandatory vaccinations. From Chapter I, Part V, Section 51. Legislative powers of the Parliament (xxiiiA).
The Parliament shall, subject to this Constitution, have power to make laws for the peace, order, and good government of the Commonwealth with respect to:
(xxiiiA) the provision of maternity allowances, widows’ pensions, child endowment, unemployment, pharmaceutical, sickness and hospital benefits, medical and dental services (but not so as to authorize any form of civil conscription), benefits to students and family allowances;
If lamestream media and officials like to throw clichés around, then so can I. Let me think: attempted mandatory vaccination using a substance that is unproven in long-term safety and proven to be harmful to at least 1 in approximately every 1200 doses so far… the clichéd words “war crime” and “tribunal” come to mind.
The protests are continuing today (Wednesday). In an amusing coincidence, there was an earthquake early in the morning, after nine o’clock local time, reportedly 5.9 and lasted for about 20 seconds. The epicenter was Mansfield, over 100km NE of Melbourne.
The protesters seem to be covering multiple sites, including the Shrine of Remembrance. And the airspace was restricted too. Funny that.
On a related note: Victorian just announced mandatory vaccination of school staff by the end of November.
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