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“What we saw yesterday is an insult” – Vic Premier condemns ‘ugly’ protest in Melbourne

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Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews slammed anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine protesters in the city of Melbourne saying “they’re not there to protests, they’re there for a fight, they are there to pretend to be protesting.”

Melbourne’s leader confirmed there is more COVID-19 cases in construction than in aged care and says “what we saw yesterday is an insult, an insult, to the vast, vast majority of tradies or people in the building industry who are not about wrecking, they’re about building.”

“What we saw yesterday is an insult to the vast majority of tradies or people in the building industry,” Premier Daniel Andrews said to media on Wednesday.

He described the protest as ugly, saying “protest is probably not the right word, it was something very different to a protest. It was ugly”

“Yesterday we saw 1000-2000 people, many of whom behaved appalling. They do not reflect an entire industry.”

During a city-wide protest on Tuesday, several protesters identified themselves as construction workers and CFMEU members who opposed mandatory vaccinations.

The Premier confirmed there will be further announcements on Wednesday about mandatory vaccinations in other industries.

Police in Australia are bracing for more riots by anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine protesters

Thousands of protesters took to Melbourne’s streets, after the Victorian government shut down the construction industry over COVID fears.

Protesters blocked city streets and marched down freeways to the West Gate Bridge.

Victoria’s Police Minister Lisa Neville described the protesters violently storming through Melbourne CBD as “thugs”.

Three police officers were injured during the chaotic scenes.

More than 500 police were on the ground responding to the protest action yesterday.

The Victorian Police Commissioner says he has intelligence to suggest another protest is being organised for today, and has implored them to stay home and away from the city.

On Wednesday the Chief Commisioner said “this protest can’t be allowed to occur again.”

“I’d be very surprised if you see any cat and mouse games today.”

“We have significant tactics in place, we will be agile in our response, we will be very swift in our response and conduct as we have seen yesterday and the previous day will not be tolerated.”

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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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Finland slams its borders shut on Russia

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Finland will officially closed its border to Russian tourists, marking the last of Moscow’s E-U neighbours to do so.

Finland will close its border with Russia as Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania also closed theirs.

The Finnish government made the decision following Vladimir Putin’s decision to call-up of 300,000 military reservists.

Queue’s at Russia’s border crossings with E-U nations were stretching for kilometres as people attempted to flee the country.

The closure of the border only applies to tourists – and Russians who are visiting family or travelling for work or study will still be granted entry.

The Finnish Foreign Minister stated that the decision was a difficult one to make, but ultimately it was in the best interest of the country.

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Queen’s death certificate has been released

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Queen Elizabeth II’s death certificate has been released, and reveals Her Majesty died of old age.

The document, signed by Queen’s daughter Princess Anne, says Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully at 3:10 p.m. on September 8.

The 96 year old was surrounded by family at Balmoral Castle in Scotland as she took her final breaths.

Now laid to rest in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, Queen Elizabeth II’s period of national mourning has concluded.

When she was alive there was a curtain of privacy around the Queen’s health, and in her death there remains some restraint.

Her cause of death is recorded as “old age”, without any further details.

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