Hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters clashed with police in Melbourne, leaving at least four people injured and more than five dozen arrested.
Demonstrators gather during an anti-lockdown protest and police officers stand guard in Melbourne, Australia on Wednesday.
Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse more than 2,000 people – many of whom identified themselves as construction workers – who roamed along busy thoroughfares in Australia’s second-largest city, ABC News reported.
The protests were sparked by the Victoria state government’s decision this week to shut down the construction industry for two weeks in Melbourne and some regional areas.
The government has also made it mandatory for construction workers to get vaccinated.
The anti-virus measures have been implemented amid a spike in COVID-19 infections ongoing since last month.
Victoria reported 39 new cases over the past day, raising the state’s total to 6,000, including 833 fatalities, according to the Health Ministry.
Australia’s overall tally currently stands at 88,710, with a death toll of 1,178.
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