We are unsure where this footage lies in the the timeline of today’s construction worker protest in Melbourne against mandatory vaccinations. Regardless, it is undoubtedly the most incredible footage to emerge so far from Victoria.
Confronted by Riot Squad Police in a squadron of police cars on Rathdown Street, the tradies advanced rather than retreated. They sent the riot squad scrambling.
Now the #tradies have forced the Riot Squad to retreat.#IStandWithTradies pic.twitter.com/a1s4NPJAtq
— XYZ (@itsyourxyz) September 21, 2021
This is likely to set the tone for future protests, as the tradies show no sign of backing down.
Almost as epic is this footage of a fully armoured Riot Squad officer advancing on a lone tradie. He screams at full volume at him to move and points his weapon directly at him. The tradie just tells him to “f—— off” and the officer has no choice but to retreat.
Old mate just standing his ground.. 💪#IStandWithTradies pic.twitter.com/AbHZ02PpP5
— Peter Gooli (@gooli1903) September 21, 2021
The internet is already being flooded with tribute videos.
Beautiful ❤️ pic.twitter.com/KaylZgxuh4
— Red Edge 72 (@RedEdge722) September 21, 2021
This evening, Melbourne’s CBD looks on the brink of martial law.
This is the heart of Melbourne tonight. @9NewsMelb @9NewsAUS pic.twitter.com/cz3d4qeSBC
— Reid Butler (@reid_butler9) September 21, 2021
This isn’t gonna end well.
— Avi Yemini 🇦🇺🇮🇱 (@OzraeliAvi) September 21, 2021
Things are likely to escalate in coming days.