Australia has seen a spate of demonstrations lately -- most of them protesting the French atomic trials in the Pacific.
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Background: Australia has seen a spate of demonstrations lately -- most of them protesting the French atomic trials in the Pacific.
But one of the wildest had purely parochial causes. In Mobart, Tasmania, students set a car alight then clashed with police and firemen trying to douse the flames. They were venting their wrath on the location of a pedestrian crossing -- grounds of the University of Tasmania, has been the subject of several demonstrations.
This time students blocked the roadway with tyros. They wheeled up an unregistered car, poured petrol over it and set it alight on the roadway.
While several carloads of police diverted traffic, firemen tried to put the fire out as six hundred student demonstrators cheered and jeered.
The demonstration looked like ending quietly until one of the fire hosea apparently got out of central -- and it was on for one and all. Students were hit with jets of water. They replied by obstructing firemen's efforts to control the hose and shift the burnt out car.
One ??? daring student went even further and tipped a bucket of water over the head of a fireman. Despite the large number of police there, no action was taken against the students? In the excitement everybody seemed to have forgotten about the cause of the protest -- the pedestrian crossing, which will now be the subject of a student deputation to the Tasmanian Minister of Transport.