There have been massive protests throughout Australia at the Government's decision to end a four-year ban on the mining and exporting of uranium.
TRACKING SHOT ALONG shouting demonstrator
CU Senator Georges arguing with policeman
GV demonstrators PAN TO police vehicle issuing a warning that it is an unlawful procession.
SV man being frog marched by police
SV demonstrators walk froward and struggle with police (2 shots)
SV man being carried off by police.
SV PAN police struggling with demonstrators
CU Senator Georges explaining his arrest to reporter
GV demonstrators marching
SV police walking towards demonstrators, PAN TO demonstrators, holding their hands in the air
SV PAN people being arrested (2 shots)
SV man being arrested with policewoman taking photographs in foreground.
POLICEMAN: "I'm not saying anything more. You consult your solicitor about anything you want to know about the law, not me".
GEORGES: "You're saying there is no law that allows you to walk along the footpath?".
POLICEMAN: "I'm not saying anything".
GEORGES: "Well, you're saying there is a law?".
POLICEMAN: "I said if you breach the law, the police will have to act".
GEORGES: "Well, what is the law, I am asking you?".
POLICEMAN: "No. You know it as well as I do".
GEORGES: "Apparently I don't".
POLICEMAN: "Ah, well, I'm not arguing
GEORGES: "... and you must then let us know what the law is".
POLICEMAN: "If you breach the law, we will act".
GEORGES: "Well, that means I will have to .... walk away without knowing ....".
POLICEMAN: "Look, I'm not arguing, I'm not arguing...
REPORTER: "Senator, what were you arrested for?".
GEORGES: "I was arrested for refusing to move on the footpath. I was arrested for refusing to take an instruction. In fact, I was giving the instruction to young people to move on. Several young policemen, of whom this person is one of them, pushed me along, and I said let me be ... let me be ...".
The uranium debate has been growing in Australia with violent clashes also occurring at Sydney and Melbourne wharves, where uranium oxide yellow cake has been loaded onto ships for export. Uranium will be one key issue in the December elections, and the Australian Council of Trades Unions has given the Government until 15 November to call a referendum on uranium mining and exportation.
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Background: There have been massive protests throughout Australia at the Government's decision to end a four-year ban on the mining and exporting of uranium. The biggest was in Brisbane, where several thousand protestors clashed with hundreds of police. Almost 500 people were arrested and face a variety of charges.
SYNOPSIS: Among those arrested in Brisbane was Federal Labour Senator George George.
But the demonstrators persistently refused to follow police orders to break up the march ... and 500 policemen moved in. They were acting under a new ruling by State Premier Joh Bjelke Petersen who announced that protests marches could no longer be held in the state of Queensland. As the number of arrests mounted, Senator Georges was asked: Why him?
Senator Georges late spent 16 hours in a police cell with 35 other people ..." crammed like sardines", he said. And, says the Labour Senator, he is going to charge the police with false arrest. Many of those arrested claimed they had been abused by police. An Anglican priest said he was elbowed and kicked by police officers.... and one senior officer called him a 'chunk of human excretia'.