Protests erupted outside the CFMEU building in Melbourne on Monday which saw union members and tradies clash with police.
The Victorian government on Monday night reacted swiftly and opted to shut down the construction industry for two weeks, citing “non-compliance” at work sites and “appalling behaviour” from ralliers.
Mr Khalil, the Labor MP for the seat of Wills in Melbourne’s north, hit back at the demonstrators condemning them for their “outrageous” actions on Monday.
“(What was) disappointing in many respects was the actions of a very selfish few who have shut down or caused the shutdown of an entire industry for two weeks,” Mr Khalil told Sky News Australia on Tuesday.
Construction workers march through the streets in Melbourne. Protests started outside the headquarters of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) in Melbourne on Monday over the introduction of mandatory vaccinations for construction workers. Picture: Getty
Construction workers protest along the West Gate Freeway on September 21, 2021 in Melbourne. Picture: Getty
“Any type of violent protest, we have to always absolutely condemn. People have the right to protest, people have a right to their civil liberties.
“But when it descends into this kind of violence, it’s just unacceptable.”
Following on from the destruction of the CFMEU offices on Monday, protesters have again descended on Melbourne’s CBD to continue the rally against the lockdown and mandatory vaccinations.
‘Ugly scenes’ from Melbourne protest
The demonstrators gathered at CFMEU headquarters in the morning, before travelling through the CBD to Parliament House.
Melbourne’s main bridge to the western suburbs – the West Gate – was blocked by the mob, while police attempted to corral them off the main junction.
The protesting tradies reportedly have a list of demands they want met including the resignation of Premier Daniel Andrews and Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton.
COMMUTER CHAOS: Protesters block several lanes causing widespread traffic
They also demand the lockdown ends immediately and the mask mandate be removed.
Organisers who opposed the vaccine mandate and two-week shutdown of the Victorian construction industry have promised to rally “every day” until their demands are met.
Angry crowds chanted “every day” as they marched through the CBD and clashed with police before spilling out onto West Gate Freeway.

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