More on the protests from AAP:
Rubber bullets have been fired at an angry mob protesting mandated Covid-19 vaccinations for the construction industry and other health restrictions.
Hundreds of protesters, many wearing hi-vis gear, started their second day of protests outside Melbourne’s CFMEU headquarters before moving on to Parliament, after warnings from the riot squad.
They have since made their way back to the CFMEU offices, with the large crowd stretching back to the Queen Victoria Market.
Police riot squad officers, supported by the mounted branch, had warned the group to stay back and fired some rubber bullets into the crowd, while empty bottles and cans were thrown back at police.
The crowd then walked towards the police line with hands raised chanting “you serve us”.
Protesters made their way to parliament just before noon before making their way to Flinders Street station.
Empty cans of rum and cola lay strewn across the road outside Parliament once the crowd dispersed.
Flares and fireworks were fired off as they marched up Swanston Street and a news crew has been assaulted.
Not long before they started marching from near the CFMEU office in the morning, police had told them to back down and leave.
“Attention, this is a police public order warning. You have previously been directed to leave,” an officer inside a line of riot police and officers on horseback told the crowd.
“Leave now or force may be used. No further warnings will be given.”
The rally is opposing a Victorian government mandate requiring all construction workers to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
The group were chanting “fuck the jab” and “fuck off (premier) Dan Andrews” but were blocked from accessing the CFMEU offices by a line of police officers.
On Monday, riot police were called in to disperse a group of about 500 protesters, who threw bottles at Victorian CFMEU construction secretary John Setka and smashed the office’s door down.
Setka said the protesters were not all CFMEU members and blamed “neo-Nazis and right-wing extremists” for hijacking the event.
“There was a small minority of construction workers, some of them when it all got violent just walked away from it. It was hijacked by the professional protesters,” Setka told the ABC.
He said the CFMEU was “pro-vax” but had always supported freedom of choice.
Setka urged the Victorian government to tackle misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines.
Federal member for Maribyrnong and former union leader and Bill Shorten said he believed a group of professional troublemakers were to blame for Monday’s “shocking violence”.
“I never thought I would see a scene where you have people who call themselves Nazis using encrypted message systems to bring in a rent-a-crowd,” he told the Nine Network on Tuesday.
On Monday night, the state government announced the industry would be shut down from Tuesday 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 before 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 5 October.