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Covid-19 Australia: Melbourne construction workers protest over mandatory jabs

A protest against construction restrictions in Melbourne has spiralled into violence with demonstrators clashing with union officials and hurling a bread crate. 

Workers wearing hi-vis vests protested against a raft of new restrictions, which includes mandatory vaccinations, as they gathered outside of the CFMEU office on Elizabeth Street on Monday.

Union officials attempted to break up the demonstration before the mob turned on them and hurled verbal insults and abuse. 

Footage showed protestors hurl a plastic bread crate at union workers who were standing in the doorway and blocking the entrance.

Melbourne construction workers have staged another protest to demonstrate against mandatory vaccinations and new worksite restrictions

Workers wearing hi-vis vests gathered outside of the CFMEU office on Elizabeth Street on Monday

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.

'Dan Andrew's a b***,' one person yelled.

Another added: 'Stand up, or stand down.' 

Tea rooms have been forced to shut and travel between Melbourne and the regions for work has been banned.   

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.'

 More to come 

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