Sunday 21st Oct, 2018

Protests staged outside Port of Melbourne


PROTESTORS have disrupted truck movements at the Port of Melbourne, but this time it appears such actions had nothing to do with industrial arguments at Webb Dock.

Rather, the demonstrators wanted to make known their opposition to the treatment of detainees/asylum seekers at Manus Island.

It is understood the protestors blocked access to the terminal at access roads to Swanson Dock.

In a note to customers, DP World Australia said the protestors formed and blocked access to the Port of Melbourne around 7am.

“All access points in and out of the port precinct have been blocked. Local authorities have been notified,” DPWA stated.

“DP World Australia will keep our customers updated as events evolve.”

A Qube spokesman said protesters had unfurled a banner saying ‘All Refugees in Detention are Political Prisoners’.

The spokesman said police cleared Appleton Dock Road before 8am.

“(The protest) was carefully planned with all protesters in high visibility (outfits), they (had) traffic cones out and signage.”

The spokesman said there was no impact to the terminal apart from some truck delays, with ships unaffected.

This latest protest comes hot on the heels of three weeks of picketing outside Victoria International Container Terminal, actions that ended last Friday following talks between unions and the company.

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