Protester kicks a dog outside CFMEU headquarters as construction workers cause chaos in Melbourne

Shocking images have emerged of a dog being kicked during violent scenes in Melbourne as construction workers took to the streets to protest the strict new Covid-19 restrictions.

Hundreds of workers in hi-vis vests walked off their jobs for the second time in three days on Monday to protest outside CFMEU headquarters on Elizabeth St against mandatory Covid-19 vaccine requirements that come into effect later this week.

Tensions quickly mounted as anti-vaccination protesters clashed with union officials and threw projectiles, including a bread crate.

Despite one contestant describing the scenes in his livestream video as a “peaceful” protest, hostilities continued to boil a few hours later when a dog got caught up in an altercation between several men.

A man was caught on camera kicking a dog during a protest outside CFMEU headquarters in Melbourne on Monday

A man was caught on camera kicking a dog during a protest outside CFMEU headquarters in Melbourne on Monday

The disturbing footage shared by Channel Seven reporter Paul Dowsley shows a man kicking a dog being walked on a leash, sparking outrage online.

“It (the altercation) broke out quickly when the police intervened,” the reporter tweeted.

The images angered and shocked online viewers.

“Kicking a dog is not an answer to a human dispute. I hope the culprit is identified,” said one woman.

Another added: ‘Anyone who attacks an animal just because it is there deserves to be done the same. There is absolutely no excuse to do that… NONE!

Earlier in the day, footage from cellphones showed protesters throwing projectiles at men guarding the door, labeling high-profile CFMEU chief John Setka as “Dan Andrews’ b****” and yelling “f*** the jab.”

Bottles and a bread crate were among the projectiles thrown, while a glass window was also smashed during the ugly and chaotic scenes.

Construction workers clashed with union officials in ugly scenes earlier on Monday

Construction workers clashed with union officials in ugly scenes earlier on Monday

Construction workers clashed with union officials in ugly scenes earlier on Monday

A protest against building restrictions in Melbourne has turned violent with protesters clashing with union officials and hurling a crate of bread

A protest against building restrictions in Melbourne has turned violent with protesters clashing with union officials and hurling a crate of bread

A protest against building restrictions in Melbourne has turned violent with protesters clashing with union officials and hurling a crate of bread

Hundreds of workers in h-vis vests gathered outside CFMEU headquarters on Elizabeth St . on Monday morning

Hundreds of workers in h-vis vests gathered outside CFMEU headquarters on Elizabeth St . on Monday morning

Hundreds of workers in h-vis vests gathered outside CFMEU headquarters on Elizabeth St . on Monday morning

Construction workers clash with union representatives outside the CFMEU office in Melbourne on Monday

Construction workers clash with union representatives outside the CFMEU office in Melbourne on Monday

Construction workers clash with union representatives outside the CFMEU office in Melbourne on Monday

Flanked by union officials, Mr Setka, the longtime secretary of state of the CFMEU, tried to appease the crowd and address the protesters through a loudspeaker.

“Calm down please, can you at least give me the respect to talk,” he told protesters.

‘We are not the enemy, I don’t know what you heard.

“I never said I’m in favor of mandatory vaccination.”

But his pleas fell on deaf ears and were drowned out by protesters who booed and shouted insults.

‘Dan Andrew’s b****’, several could be heard chanting.

Others shouted, “Get up, or stand.”

Dramatic cellphone footage showed protesters throwing projectiles at men guarding the door and harassing a union representative as 'Dan Andrews' b****'

Dramatic cellphone footage showed protesters throwing projectiles at men guarding the door and harassing a union representative as 'Dan Andrews' b****'

Dramatic cellphone footage showed protesters throwing projectiles at men guarding the door and harassing a union representative as ‘Dan Andrews’ b****’

Mr Setka tried to tell the crowd he had never met the Victorian Prime Minister but was eventually forced to retreat to the building before protesters smashed the glass door and chanted ‘my body, my choice’.

Union representatives were forced to form a human wall outside the entrance to prevent protesters from entering the building.

The chaotic scene was sparked by a message sent to the “Vic Freedom Movement Event” group on a social messaging app calling on employees to go to CFMEU’s headquarters to “support freedom of choice.”

“Send a message that your unions will lose your support if they adhere to these measures that defy personal choices for medical decisions,” the message reads.

Many protesters remained outside CFMEU on Monday afternoon as a heavy police presence looked on.

A bread crate was one of the projectiles hurled during wild scenes outside the CFMEU headquarters in Melbourne

A bread crate was one of the projectiles hurled during wild scenes outside the CFMEU headquarters in Melbourne

A bread crate was one of the projectiles hurled during wild scenes outside the CFMEU headquarters in Melbourne

One attendee who steamed the event live described it as a peaceful protest.

“We are doing what has been done by workers in the past,” he said.

The protest comes as a series of new restrictions are imposed on the construction sector as part of Victoria’s roadmap out of the Covid crisis.

Construction workers will have to demonstrate that they have had their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine from this Friday.

Tea rooms are forced to close and workers are forced to eat lunch outside. Travel between Melbourne and the regions for work is also prohibited.

CFMEU Victorian Secretary John Sekta's attempts to calm construction workers fell on deaf ears

CFMEU Victorian Secretary John Sekta's attempts to calm construction workers fell on deaf ears

CFMEU Victorian Secretary John Sekta’s attempts to calm construction workers fell on deaf ears

Victorian Daniel Andrews described protests as ‘not smart, they’re not safe’ when asked during his daily Covid update on Monday.

“This industry is open at 25 percent, we want to get to 50, getting vaccinated is an incredibly important part of that,” he told reporters.

“Protests don’t work. Getting vaccinated works, following the rules works, that’s how you stay open, that’s how you become open.’

“There were a lot of people at home scratching their heads about why anyone would protest against openness.”

About 13 percent of Victoria’s active Covid cases are related to construction sites, as the state registered 567 new cases on Monday.

It is the second protest by construction workers in Melbourne in three days to cause widespread chaos.

Up to 100 workers blocked traffic last Friday by sitting on plastic chairs in the middle of some of the busiest streets in Melbourne CBD to protest the closure of their tearooms.

CFMEU Secretary of State John Sekta tried to appease the crowd before being spoken out by the workers

CFMEU Secretary of State John Sekta tried to appease the crowd before being spoken out by the workers

CFMEU Secretary of State John Sekta tried to appease the crowd before being spoken out by the workers

New Build Restrictions

Construction workers have protested outside the CFMEU office in Melbourne to demonstrate against new restrictions.

– Construction workers will have to demonstrate that they have had their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

– Tea rooms are forced to close and employees have to eat lunch outside.

– Travel between Melbourne and the regions for work is also prohibited.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said protests were not helping to contain the spread of the latest Covid outbreak.

“This industry is 25 percent open, we want to get to 50, getting vaccinated is an incredibly important part of that,” he said.

“Protests don’t work. Getting vaccinated works, following the rules works, that’s how you stay open, that’s how you become open.’

“There would be a lot of people at home scratching their heads about why anyone would protest against openness.”

Protesters began to gather outside the office early in the morning. By noon, the small group had grown to hundreds with protesters taking to the streets and blocking traffic.

A group of protesters later separated from the large crowd to march towards parliament.

CFMEU representatives clash with protesters at office entrance on Monday

CFMEU representatives clash with protesters at office entrance on Monday

CFMEU representatives clash with protesters at office entrance on Monday

Most of the protesters were left with one person shouting that they will return to the office until their message is heard.

“We’ll be back every day,” he shouted to loud cheers.

Several protesters were heard demanding that Mr Andrews resign as Prime Minister.

Another person was seen wearing a hardhat with the phrase: ‘Covid-19 is all s***. Wake up’.

The protest took place just days after construction workers demonstrated on Friday against impending new restrictions.

Dozens of workers set up plastic chairs and tables in the middle of Lonsdale Street in Melbourne’s CBD for their morning smoke break, forcing nearby trams to be cancelled.

Similar protests also took place in the morning and at lunchtime on Collins Street and Elizabeth Street in the city center, as well as in Brunswick, Coburg, Kew, Parkville, South Yarra and Richmond.

More to come

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