may memories / 04


4th May, 1919 : Twenty six police and seven civilians were injured in riots on the Fremantle waterfront today when striking Lumpers Union men attacked volunteers brought in to work by the State Government. Police were caught in the middle of the melee, in which one striker fired several shots and stones, chairs, bottles and pieces of iron rained down on police.

[Lumpers, day laborers employed to handle cargo, as fish or timber do not exists any more, being replaced by fork-lift drivers, but the lumpen-proletariat and its unions still do.]

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