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    Some 2,000 dock workers went on strike in Melbourne on Monday(4 July) to protest against alleged police brutality during an anti-nuclear demonstration the day before on Sunday (3 July).

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    GV Police cars and ambulance

    MV Police carry demonstrators into van, shove other inside

    MV Demonstrator arrested woman shots at police - "leave him alone"

    CU Demonstrator interviewed as police move among demonstrators (3 shots)

    REPORTER: "The violence erupted after the protesters had spent a day-long vigil at Swanston Docks. Police horses charged into the crowd, and in one incident, a woman was knocked to the ground. Police said three demonstration had been charged with various offences including assault, resisting arrest and trespassing. Earlier in the day the demonstration burst through the gates leading onto the docks and painted anti-uranium slogans on the side of the Columbs Australia. Later in the night police cleared the docks and a small number of protesters who remained behind were locked out of the area."

    "The police horses were the first to come. The police advanced in a line. The horses ran among the people and your heard that; they were very dangerous. That immediately trued me off. And then I was grabbed by the hair and I was pulled. We were hanging don't know. I struggled. I.....wasn't fighting; I was just making it very difficult for them to carry me."

    REPORTER: "Had the police asked you to leave by this time?"

    DEMONSTRATOR: "Yeah. The inspector on the megaphone said: 'Police, please leave or else."

    REPORTER: "And you decided to prop?"

    DEMONSTRATOR: "Yeah. We were determined to stay. The police were on top us. Any way, I struggled and eventually found myself lying on my stomach and my self lying on my stomach and the next thing I knew.....there had been a bit of a lull, they had been pulling at me and tugging and so on and all of sudden, bang, I got this kick in the eye and it was on again"

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    Background: Some 2,000 dock workers went on strike in Melbourne on Monday(4 July) to protest against alleged police brutality during an anti-nuclear demonstration the day before on Sunday (3 July). Melbourne docks came to a standstill as workers supported a 24-hour strike call from their union leader, who called the police action "unbelievably brutal and unnecessary". On sunday police arrested more than 30 of the anti-nuclear demonstrations who had burst through steel gates and tried to board the West German container ship, Columbus Australia, which was being loaded with partly processed Australian uranium are for the United States, Demonstrators said they were kicked and punched by police and deliberately trampled by mounted police horses. Victoria State officials have denied allegations of police brutality. The demonstration was reported to be most violent so far against moves to export Australian uranium.

    For weeks demonstrators in several parts of Australia have been trying to stop exports of Australian nuclear fuels to Japanese power stations. Demonstrators were on Sydney Docks on June 23 hurling rubbish when the British"ACT 6" ship sailed with 200 tonnes of uranium oxide on board. The Australian Prime Minister, Macolm Fraser, said in Canberra on 4 July that the European Common Market had to allow Australian products easier access before its member nations could buy Australian uranium. Mr. Fraser said he felt the EEC had already done as much as it could in advance to deter Australia from bulking at selling uranium to the EEC. Mr. Fraser will announce later this month whether Australia will end a four-year ban on uranium mining and export.

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