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.
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'.