Veteran TV newsman Paul Dowsley says he has been spat on, attacked and sprayed with urine in ugly scenes at the tradies’ protest rally in Melbourne on Tuesday.

The Seven News reporter was reporting from the scene of the protest when he was jumped by one demonstrator who grabbed him around the neck. 

He was also said to have been doused in urine, including in his mouth, when open bottles were thrown at him in another separate disgusting attack. 

‘My colleague myself and I are covered in what I understand to be urine,’ he revealed live on air as he described how he had been attacked while covering the protest.

The 7News reporter was reporting from the scene of the protest when he came under fire from some of the demonstrators, (pictured here)

The 7News reporter was reporting from the scene of the protest when he came under fire from some of the demonstrators, (pictured here)

‘To put it lightly, I’m not a fighter, I’ve never thrown a punch in my life, so in those situations I thought I’d be quick to make a move.

‘But that guy came in to my side very quickly – I did my best to get out of what felt like a headlock.

‘My [cameraman] colleague Rick who was standing on a seat trying to get an elevated shot, jumped down with his camera and came to my assistance.

‘Some other people came in and tried break it up – they did try to defuse it.

Veteran TV newsman Paul Dowsley (pictured) says he has been spat on, attacked and sprayed with urine in ugly scenes at the tradies' protest rally in Melbourne on Tuesday

Veteran TV newsman Paul Dowsley (pictured) says he has been spat on, attacked and sprayed with urine in ugly scenes at the tradies’ protest rally in Melbourne on Tuesday

‘I will give credit to some protesters who stopped in the minutes after to check I was OK and one made a point of telling me that’s not what they were about.

‘He was disgusted by any attack like that on media.’ 

Daily Mail Australia reporter Wayne Flower came to Mr Dowsley’s rescue, fearing the journalist would be stomped on by the mob of fluoro-clad thugs.

The tough newsman continued to report despite the attacks which came as the anti-vaxxer protesters marched to Victoria’s state parliament in chaotic scenes.

Protesters first gathered outside CFMEU’s boarded-up union head office on Tuesday morning, only a day after the building was badly damaged in violent demonstrations on Monday.

Hundreds of protesters have started to gather outside the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union's head office on Tuesday

Hundreds of protesters have started to gather outside the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union’s head office on Tuesday

Hundreds of demonstrators chanted ‘f**k the jab’ and sung Advance Australia Fair as they made their way up Victoria Street in the city’s CBD towards state parliament.

Tensions threatened to boil over about 11am with protesters lighting flares and a bottle being tossed towards police. 

Protesters are also using encrypted platform Telegram to call for an end to lockdowns, mandatory mask orders and the immediate reopening of the construction industry.

Three of the demands called for Victoria’s leading figureheads in its pandemic response to stand down – Premier Daniel Andrews, Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton and Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton. 

Riot police are seen outside the Victoria's Parliament House during Tuesday's protest, which came a day after violent demonstrators damaged the CFMEU head office in Melbourne's CBD

Riot police are seen outside the Victoria’s Parliament House during Tuesday’s protest, which came a day after violent demonstrators damaged the CFMEU head office in Melbourne’s CBD

Police are pictured gathered in a line at the protest at CFMEU  headquarters in Melbourne on Tuesday

Police are pictured gathered in a line at the protest at CFMEU  headquarters in Melbourne on Tuesday

A protestor wearing a metal hat and a skeleton-style face mask is pictured at Tuesday's demonstration

A protestor wearing a metal hat and a skeleton-style face mask is pictured at Tuesday’s demonstration

Hundreds of protestors - many wearing hi-vis - marched towards state parliament to rally against mandatory vaccine orders

Hundreds of protestors – many wearing hi-vis – marched towards state parliament to rally against mandatory vaccine orders

Protesters also called for a royal commission into the government’s response to the pandemic and for officers they claim ‘assaulted peaceful protesters’ to be charged.

Their final demand was for the ‘mass distribution of invermectin, Vitamins C, D and Zinc’ as alternative treatments for Covid-19.

Invermectin, a horse tranquiliser used to treat parasitic infections, has not been proven to be effective in treating the virus.

CFMEU boss John Setka earlier blasted ‘fake tradies’ and ‘man-baby Nazis’ who sparked Monday’s violent scenes outside union headquarters – prompting Daniel Andrews to shut down the entire industry for two weeks. 

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Construction workers march towards state parliament on Tuesday. Protesters have called for a royal commission into the government’s response to the pandemic

Hundreds of workers in hi-vis vests gathered outside the union’s head office in Melbourne on Monday to protest against mandatory Covid-19 vaccine requirements, which come into effect for the construction industry later this week.

The protest turned violent as demonstrators clashed with Mr Setka and other union officials, hurling abuse and projectiles and smashing glass windows.

Mr Setka is furious 300,000 construction staff state-wide have lost work because of the actions of ‘fake tradies’ at the protest, describing them as ‘scum of the earth, drunken and un-Australian morons’.

It comes as Victoria recorded 603 new cases on Tuesday, the highest daily tally in the current outbreak and since August 2020, bringing the number of active cases to 6,000.

Angry protesters rally against mandatory vaccine orders for the construction industry on Tuesday

Angry protesters rally against mandatory vaccine orders for the construction industry on Tuesday

‘There were a few of anti-vaxxer activists there who are not union members or are from our industry, they’re the ones you see at all the protests,’ Mr Setka told the Today show on Tuesday.

‘It just got out of control. Then they were consuming a whole heap of alcohol. Thanks to these morons, 300,000 Victorians are sitting at home for at least the next couple of weeks, could drag out even longer.’

A protester gestures as he stands next to a banner that reads 'freedom' outside Victoria's Parliament House

A protester gestures as he stands next to a banner that reads ‘freedom’ outside Victoria’s Parliament House

MELBOURNE ANTI-VAXXER PROTESTERS’ LIST OF DEMANDS

1. Emergency state powers to be removed immediately

2. Lockdowns to end immediately

3. Mask mandate to end immediately

4. Vaccine mandates to end immediately 

5. Vaccine passport to be removed 

6. Immediate resignation of Premier Daniel Andrews

7. Immediate resignation of Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton

8.  Immediate resignation of Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton

9. Royal commission into government’s response to pandemic

10. Charges laid against officers for ‘assaulting peaceful protesters’ 

11. All construction sites to resume immediately.

12. Mass distribution of invermectin, vitamins C, D, and zinc 

 Mr Setka described how he went out to address the hostile crowd but was eventually forced to retreat back inside as protestors turned on him.

‘We went out there to see what it was all about,’ he said.

‘There was a sprinkling of construction workers there of our members and the rest were just people, I wouldn’t even know who they are.

‘You couldn’t even talk. We tried to keep it all calm, and it just got out of chrome. People started throwing bottles. Some of them were fighting amongst themselves.

‘You know, once they started throwing the bottles, that was it we just said this is too dangerous, let’s move back in. It just got out of control from there.’

‘There was a sprinkling of construction workers there of our members and the rest were just people, I wouldn’t even know who they are.

‘You couldn’t even talk. We tried to keep it all calm, and it just got out of chrome. People started throwing bottles. Some of them were fighting amongst themselves.

‘You know, once they started throwing the bottles, that was it we just said this is too dangerous, let’s move back in. It just got out of control from there.’

Protesters marched to state parliament on Tuesday, where they were met with a wall of police officers with riot shields

Protesters marched to state parliament on Tuesday, where they were met with a wall of police officers with riot shields

Construction workers took to the streets of Melbourne again on Tuesday to rally against vaccine orders and the city's ongoing lockdown

Construction workers took to the streets of Melbourne again on Tuesday to rally against vaccine orders and the city’s ongoing lockdown

Police are pictured heading towards the CFMEU headquarters in Melbourne on Tuesday to monitor the anti-vaxxer protesters

Police are pictured heading towards the CFMEU headquarters in Melbourne on Tuesday to monitor the anti-vaxxer protesters

Ex-unionist and federal MP Bill Shorten also slammed the ‘fake tradies’ and ‘man-baby Nazis’ earlier in the program.

‘Some of those people in the crowd were construction workers, but others, I’m reliably informed, were fake tradies,’ he said.

‘They’d been down to the Reject Shop and got themselves a $2 hi-viz hoodie so they could pretend they were construction.’

On Monday night, the state government shut down the industry for two weeks in metropolitan Melbourne, City of Ballarat, City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire and Mitchell Shire.

All worksites will need to demonstrate compliance with health directions prior to reopening.

This includes a requirement for workers to show evidence of having had at least one dose of a vaccine before they return to work on October 5.

Mr Shorten defended the CFMEU saying the construction union was being responsible and encouraging people to get vaccinated.

‘There is a network of hard-right man-baby Nazis, just people who just want to cause trouble – these man-babies, they want to complain about vaccinations,’ he said.

‘They deserve to get the full force of everything that’s coming their way.’

It’s believed the protesters plan to gather again outside the CFMEU from 10am on Tuesday.

The Victorian branch of CFMEU said it had always supported freedom of choice regarding vaccination.

‘We are not going to be intimidated by outside extremists attempting to intimidate the union, by spreading misinformation and lies about the union’s position,’ it said in a statement on Monday.

The Victorian government said the shutdown was required to cut down movement, reduce Covid-19 transmission and give the industry time to adapt to new requirements.

An audit of about 200 construction sites last week found 73 per cent were failing to comply with health directions.

‘We put the industry on notice just a week ago, we have seen appalling behaviour on-site and on our streets, and now we’re acting decisively and without hesitation,’ Victorian treasurer Tim Pallas said.

An amnesty will be in place on Tuesday so a limited number of workers can attend construction sites to shut them down safely.

All sites will need to demonstrate compliance with the chief health officer’s directions prior to reopening, including evidence workers have had one dose of a vaccine before they return to work on October 5.

The Property Council of Australia said the shutdown would cost the economy $1.1 billion a week.

‘The majority of construction sites and construction workers are doing everything required of them to meet the highest standards of COVID safety and have done so since the pandemic started,’ executive director Danni Hunter said in a statement.

‘Closing the industry will prevent them going to work and getting paid and it will stall projects causing immensely costly delays, putting projects and Victorian jobs at risk.’



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