NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
6th November, 1923 : With most of Victoria’s police on strike, Melbourne became a preserve of the hooligan element. At least £30,000 damage was done as thousands of looters, many of the drunk after Derby Day races, stormed through the streets, smashing windows and filling sacks with all they could. Fleets of cars ferried stolen goods away. Police who stayed on duty were powerless to stop the riots until help in form of special constables, mostly ex-servicemen, arrived. They had cleared the streets and arrested 55 people. The looting came after the riots on Friday. Police, whose calls for a pay rise elicited no response, are striking over the use of plain-clothes “spooks” to keep an eye on them.
[And who was to keep an eye on those plain-clothes “spooks”? We did not have the NSA then.]