Contractors insist 'Freedom' protesters not only 'fake tradies' - but most slam ...

Contractors insist 'Freedom' protesters not only 'fake tradies' - but most slam ...
Contractors insist 'Freedom' protesters not only 'fake tradies' - but most slam ...

Frustrated construction workers say they are appalled by the violence in Melbourne this week after protesters took to the streets dressed in hi-vis gear to give the illusion of a revolt.

About 2,000 protesters rampaged through the city in demonstrations against a two-week shutdown of the construction industry imposed due to surging Covid case numbers. Many were legitimate tradies - but others were anti-lockdown troublemakers dressed as building sector workers.  

Over the course of the week, demonstrators charged police, attacked CFMEU headquarters, let off smoke bombs, abused and threw urine at media and swarmed Victoria's Shrine of Remembrance, which was built to honour men and women who served and died in the First World War.

Some protesters were even filmed apparently pausing  to snort cocaine. 

Daily Mail Australia spoke to carpenters, plumbers and electricians on Friday who were unhappy at the construction lockdown and mandatory vaccines.

Daily Mail Australia spoke to carpenters, plumbers and and electricians on Friday who were unhappy at the construction lockdown and mandatory vaccines - but only one contractors admitted their workers were at the ongoing 'Freedom' rallies

Daily Mail Australia spoke to carpenters, plumbers and and electricians on Friday who were unhappy at the construction lockdown and mandatory vaccines - but only one contractors admitted their workers were at the ongoing 'Freedom' rallies

Melbourne's frustrated tradies say they understand the reasons for protesting - especially around vaccine mandates and the construction shutdown - but are appalled by behaviour of many protesters this week

Melbourne's frustrated tradies say they understand the reasons for protesting - especially around vaccine mandates and the construction shutdown - but are appalled by behaviour of many protesters this week 

Protesters set up camp at Melbourne's war memorial in the hope police wouldn't fire on them out of respect for fallen Anzacs

Protesters set up camp at Melbourne's war memorial in the hope police wouldn't fire on them out of respect for fallen Anzacs

Plasterer Adam Warne was 'devastated' and angry that a man he doesn't know who has never worked for him wore his company shirt to one of Melbourne's violent anti-lockdown rallies

Plasterer Adam Warne was 'devastated' and angry that a man he doesn't know who has never worked for him wore his company shirt to one of Melbourne's violent anti-lockdown rallies

Protest organisers requested demonstrators attend the Victorian Workers' Rally for Freedom protests in 'work clothes'.

In one case, a furious plasterer with no interest in the protests saw a protester wearing his company shirt appear on television news, fuelling claims the protesters were fake.

Father-of-four Adam Warne, who runs AWP Plastering and Rendering in Morwell, told Daily Mail Australia the man wearing his shirt was a mate a subcontractor he fired, whom he'd never met.

'I was literally in the doctor's waiting room about to have my first jab when it came up on the news,' he said, adding that he was 'devastated' and had been in damage control mode since. 

Construction workers clash with protesters at a rally outside the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union on Monday

Construction workers clash with protesters at a rally outside the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union on Monday

An anti-lockdown protester lets off a smoke bomb in downtown Melbourne

An anti-lockdown protester lets off a smoke bomb in downtown Melbourne

William Masters, owner of Melbourne Plumbing Company, told Daily Mail Australia the timing of the protests was poor as there was Covid spreading in the city.

'I'm concerned about coronavirus getting around even more if a couple of protesters get it.  

'I'm against the protests - they're very unsafe, they're putting lives at risk.

'Some of their behaviour has been disgusting. It makes our trade look bad, like we're all the same.

'The government is obviously trying to keep everyone safe. It's best to follow whatever they require us to do, they run the country.' 

Pictured: One of the protesting tradies was seen snorting a mysterious white powder

Pictured: The men looked around to see if anyone is watching

The irony of anti-vaxxers stopping to snort mysterious powder (pictured) while protesting against life-saving Covid vaccines was not lost on Twitter users who ruthlessly mocked the duo 

A protester in hi-vis was filmed damaging a police vehicle

A protester in hi-vis was filmed damaging a police vehicle

The swarm of anti-lockdown protesters charge Melbourne police on Victoria street at Richmond last Saturday

The swarm of anti-lockdown protesters charge Melbourne police on Victoria street at Richmond last Saturday

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