Canberra : Authorities of the Australian state of Victoria were preparing on Thursday to continue to confront and contain demonstrators who have been rampaging through the state capital Melbourne’s central business district.
Police made more than 200 arrests on Wednesday as throngs of protesters flooded through the streets bringing traffic to a grinding halt.
Victorian Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton, speaking to local media on Thursday, said riot police, armed with tear gas and rubber bullets, would continue to be out in force.
The protests were initially orchestrated by construction workers opposed to new vaccine mandates placed on their industry. Other people, including anti-vaccine and anti-lockdown demonstrators, quickly joined the fray in a defiant show of opposition to the state’s handling of the pandemic.