A man wearing medals addressed the riots in Melbourne, asking them to ‘respect’ Victoria’s proudest war memorial – before the violent villains ravaged and polluted the area.
The man, dressed in a suit with what appears to be war medals pinned to his chest, asked for a microphone to address the group Wednesday afternoon as they gathered in front of the Shrine of Remembrance.
The sacred building, which honors Australian men and women who have served on the defense, was the site of the latest demonstration, with the man begging people to “respect the sanctuary” and “resign”.
“I’m here alone, all I ask is if you can respect the shrine. Can you please stand from there,’ he said.
‘Everyone has the right to their own rest and does what they do. All I ask is that you respect the soldiers. Can you please just have respect for the soldiers and the fallen.’
A man with war medals has addressed the riots in Melbourne, asking them to ‘respect’ a memorial – before the violent villains ravaged and polluted the area
The man, dressed in a suit with what appears to be war medals pinned to his chest, asked for a microphone to address the group as they gathered outside the Shrine of Remembrance
The sacred building, which honors Australian men and women who have served on the defense, was the site of the latest demonstration, with a man begging people to “respect the sanctuary” and “resign”
Police fired rubber bullets at the protesters who had set up camp atop the Melbourne War Memorial in the hope that police would not fire at them out of respect for the fallen Anzacs
Protesters waved flags as they marched on the war memorial erected to honor fallen soldiers in World War I
The thugs then threw garbage and contaminated the memorial building, destroying former soldiers and drawing an angry statement from the Returned Services League (RSL).
“Honestly, I’m speechless and shocked. I cannot comprehend the selfishness that has come to this holy place and is doing this,” said Dean Lee, chief executive of Shrine of Remembrance.
“It’s outrageous, it’s reprehensible and it’s the most disgusting I’ve ever seen at the Shrine of Remembrance.”
Police fired rubber bullets at the anti-vaccination protesters who had set up camp atop Melbourne’s war memorial in the hope that police would not fire at them out of respect for the fallen Anzacs.
The protesters, who have been rallying for three days to end mandatory vaccinations for construction workers, swarmed at Victoria’s Shrine of Remembrance on Wednesday.
The crowd chanted “lest we forget” as they marched on the sacred monument, decked out in body armor and helmets in anticipation of a police attack, while others chanted chants to urge officers not to arrest them out of “respect for the Anzacs’.
In the end, riot police patients were thin when protesters started throwing stones.
Police arrested more than 200 people on Wednesday. According to Deputy Commissioner Ross Guenther, handles, golf balls and batteries were thrown at the police.
Two officers suffered head injuries after being pelted with bottles.
Medalist man tried to reason with group of violent thugs before desecrating Victorian war memorial on Wednesday
Protesters sit at the Shrine of Remembrance as they protest against mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations and a two-week construction industry shutdown
The RSL issued a statement Wednesday night condemning their conduct for shamefully using the shrine as a tool of protest
Riot police prepare to interact with protesters and remove them from the Shrine of Remembrance
Protesters set up camp at Melbourne’s war memorial in hopes that police wouldn’t shoot them out of respect for the fallen Anzacs
Officers responded by firing a flurry of rubber bullets at the demonstrators carrying protesters, causing the protesters to disperse from the wild scene.
Police also fired pepperballs and stinger grenades to disperse the crowd.
The RSL released a statement Wednesday evening condemning their conduct for shamefully using the shrine as a tool for protest.
“It is RSL Victoria’s position that Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance is a sacred site, critical to current and ex-serving members of our community, to commemorating the service and to the memory of those who died in the course of their duties. patriotic duty,” they said. said.
“Under no circumstances should the shrine be a place of protest.
“If individuals or groups choose to express their political views, views or ideological theories at any time on the grounds of the sanctuary, they fully respect the sanctity of this time-honored space, which men and women of the Australian Defense Froce who lost their lives, and all Victorian veterans. ‘
Shrine of Remembrance president Captain Stephen Bowater said the protest was “disgraceful and disrespectful to the honored memory of Australian servicemen.”
Riot police watch as protesters gather at the Shrine of Remembrance as they rally against mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations
The protesters, many dressed in flashy clothes, chanted and waved placards as police officers surrounded them
The scene turned extremely ugly when police and violent thugs clashed at the Shrine of Remembrance on Wednesday.
Dozens of officers completely surrounded the protesters and prepared for a gas attack to flush them out, while the protesters shouted ‘join us’ to the police and also sang the national anthem.
But police still hadn’t fired gas after two hours and told protesters to leave to avoid being arrested.
At around 4pm, many protesters left St Kilda Road after police segregated to create a small exit route for them – but hundreds of diehards were left behind chanting ‘stand your ground’. Among them were two parents accompanied by four small children.
Footage of the chaotic scene shows a sea of officers in tactical gear grabbing the protesters one by one and dragging them away from the steps of the war memorial.
Some of the protesting traditions are seen hurling rocks and other projectiles as police enter, prompting the officers to fire non-lethal rubber bullets.
Shocked protesters can be heard calling the police ‘dogs’ while others ‘oh my god!’ shouted.
The remaining guards were eventually forced to flee and the shrine is now completely empty as the groups disperse in the surrounding streets.