• Short Summary

    Seventy eight people were arrested in sydney on Wednesday (24th October) following a violent anti-development protest in the historic Rocks area of Sydney.

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    Seventy eight people were arrested in sydney on Wednesday (24th October) following a violent anti-development protest in the historic Rocks area of Sydney.

    The protesters, members of the local resident action group and officials of the Builders Labourers Federation, occupied a site in Playfair Street to try and halt demolition work currently being undertaken by non-union labour. The Sydney Cove Development Authority plans to erect a five-story block of flats on the site.

    The Rocks area has been made the subject of a "Green Ban" by the New South Wales Builders Labourers Federation. This means that the union considers the area to be of sufficient historical or environmental interest to be worth preserving. A Green Ban, for example, has presented the construction of a car-park at the Sydney Opera House because it would impinge on the nearby Botanical Gardens.

    At the demonstration on Wednesday police had to break down doors to reach demonstrators who had climbed on to a roof. Sixty people had already been arrested on the ground, mainly charged with trespassing. In the attempt to avoid arrest some of the demonstrators threw oil over the pursuing police. Several men climbed a nearby three in an effort to evade police. After ten hours the last of the men came down and was arrested.

    Amount the arrested was Mr. Jack Mundey, former secretary of the Federation, after his court appearance he told newsmen: "This morning's demonstration was an expression by the residents of the inner city area about their concern for the way it is being destroyed."
    Following the arrests the Builders Labourers have called a strike for midday Thursday (25 October), they will hold a mass meeting to consider their next step in the campaign to stop demolition work in the Rocks area.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7LJ5HL7CVXZ77UPX8LRJ44QV0
    Media URN:
    VLVA7LJ5HL7CVXZ77UPX8LRJ44QV0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/10/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:15:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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