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“Any action necessary” – Melbourne police vow to stop riots

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For the third day, angry contraction workers have been joined by anti-lockdown and anti vaccination protesters. Now the Victorian government is warning police have been told to use any force necessary to end the riots.

Police have made their first arrests on day three of Melbourne’s protests, after promising new tactics to tackle angry protesters hitting Melbourne.

Riot police have deployed pepper spray to disperse the crowd of protesters and construction workers as they march down Elizabeth St in Melbourne’s CBD.

A large police presence has formed at the intersection of Elizabeth and Bourke streets in the heart of Melbourne.

Police made their first arrests in the morning as riot police stood guard at the entrance to CFMEU headquarters, the union which many of the protesters are members.

Anti-vaccine protests

While many of the protesters are opposed to vaccines, many of the protesters are angry the government had mandated all construction workers must be vaccinated by the end of the week.

That led to protests on Friday, and prompted the government to announce a two week halt to construction.

The protests have escalated since then, with three officers injured and a TV reporter attacked live on air.

Police on force

Police have been interrogating anyone passing by the CFMEU building. 

A man wearing a cap and a hi-vis orange vest was handcuffed about 9.45am.

By 11.30am, the group of about 70 protesters marched down Elizabeth St.

The group, which has begun to grow in size, has been chanting “every day, every day” as they walk laps of the CBD, trailed by police.

The demonstration has shut down key CBD public transport and traffic routes.

Telegram for peace

Construction workers on encrypted messaging app Telegram have pleaded with some of the more aggressive demonstrators to engage in a peaceful March on Wednesday.

After gathering at the CFMEU in the morning, protestors shut down traffic on the West Gate Freeway, lighting flares and chanting “fuck Dan Andrews” and “fuck the jab” before being met with rubber pellets and pepper spray by riot police.

Many of the protestors on Tuesday were wearing hi-vis clothes, but it was not clear how many were CFMEU members.

The Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said not all the protesters were connected to the union.

“I think there were some people there who you would say were from the building industry. There were others who were not from the building industry,” Mr Andrews said.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Judge sides with Trump in Mar-a-Lago investigation

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A United States Federal Judge has sided with former President Donald Trump amid the ongoing Mar-a-Lago investigation

In a move that will likely come as a relief to Donald Trump, a federal judge has ruled that the former president does not have to provide a sworn declaration regarding claims the FBI “planted” evidence in his Mar-a-Lago resort.

Previously, Trump had been required to provide the declaration as part of the review process for the investigation.

But Judge Aileen Cannon, who is overseeing the Mar-a-Lago investigation, has now pushed back several key deadlines, extending the final date of completion from November to December.

“There shall be no separate requirement on Plaintiff at this stage, prior to the review of any of the Seized Materials, to lodge ex ante final objections to the accuracy of Defendant’s Inventory, its descriptions, or its contents.”

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Judge Aileen Cannon & Donald Trump

This means that Trump will not have to confirm, under oath, his recent claims the FBI manufactured evidence against him

These are assertions which could be used against him if he is charged with any crimes.

Trump’s lawyers had argued that the president should not be required to provide a declaration, and it seems Judge Cannon has sided with them.

For now, Trump will not have to put his claims on the record.

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Ian carves path of utter destruction

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After devastating Florida, Hurricane Ian is headed for Carolinas, Georgia

A grim picture of Hurricane Ian’s horrific wreckage emerged Thursday, as millions of people in Florida faced destroyed homes, completely flooded streets and power outages.

The storm’s power turned out to be worse than many had predicted.

Unfortunately, families who did not evacuate have been left stranded as rising water tore through their homes.

So far, hundreds have been rescued from floodwaters, and emergency crews are still struggling to reach some of the most devastated areas.

According to the National Hurricane Center, a storm surge of 12-18 feet hit as destructive waves struck the coast.

Officials say the hurricane knocked out power to more than 2.6 million customers, mainly in southwest and central Florida.

Meanwhile, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) says that the next 72 hours will certainly be the most critical when it comes to rescue missions.

President Biden said there were ‘early reports of what may be substantial loss of life’ saying, that the numbers are still unclear but there are early reports of fatalities.

The President added, “water rescue is critical—Coast Guard deployed 16 rescue helicopter, six fixed wing aircraft and 18-rescue boats and crews. That’s just one element of the many federal search and rescue teams that were pre-staged in Florida.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis detailed the state’s “monumental effort” to help aid recovery and eventually rebuild.

“Those were really difficult images to see but we’re committed to restoring the infrastructure as needed. That is not going to be an overnight task. That is going to require a lot of love and care—it’s going to require a lot of resources, but we’re going to do it because we understand how important it is.”

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Hurricane Ian could be Florida’s deadliest storm

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Hurricane Ian could be Florida’s deadliest storm as it continues north towards South Carolina

U.S. President Joe Biden says Hurricane Ian could be the deadliest storm in the region’s history, with early reports suggesting substantial loss of life.

Biden spoke at an afternoon briefing at the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema).

Ian made landfall on Wednesday local time near the city of Fort Myers. It has led to severe flooding, high winds and storm surges.

Several areas remain submerged, and more than 2.5 million homes are without power.

Many residents are trapped in their homes and unable to escape. Search and rescue teams are working around the clock to provide assistance where they can.

5,000 Florida National Guard troops and 2,000 Guardsman from surrounding states have been deployed.

Eight teams with 800 members are carrying out search and rescue operations.

More than 200 public shelters have now been opened, housing around 34,000 people.

The National Hurricane Centre has downgraded Ian to a tropical storm for now but warns it will likely become a hurricane again later.

The entire coast of South Carolina is just the latest region to be placed on high alert as the storm continues north on its path of destruction.

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